Oregon State Correctional Institution

Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) is a medium-security facility for male inmates located three miles east of Salem, Oregon. It was established by action of the 1955 Legislature and became fully operational June 1, 1959. 

The 880-bed facility provides housing and confinement for males serving sentences for felony convictions from all counties of Oregon. Five hundred of these beds are designated as Transitional Release beds.

The prison traditionally houses the department´s younger inmates, including those remanded to adult prison from juvenile facilities. 

The facility provides useful work and self-improvement programs to enhance inmate’s ability to reintegrate back into the community. The prison also has a dormitory-style special housing unit for inmates who are medically or physically challenged, but who do not need to be hospitalized or confined in an infirmary.

Recently, OSCI has redirected its focus to address the needs of the large transitional release population. Approximately, 500 of the current 880 inmates are within six months of their release back into the community, largely increasing the demand for transition programs.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Oregon State Correctional Institution are on Saturdays through Wednesdays. The morning session is from 8:30 am to 10:45 am. The afternoon session is between 1:00 pm and 3:45 pm.

Visitors may not enter institution grounds before 8:00 am for the morning visiting session, or 12:30 pm for the afternoon visiting session.

DSU & Professional visits (attorney, DHS, private investigator, psychiatrist/psychologist) must be scheduled in advance. To schedule a visit, call Laura Ellison at (503) 373-0173 anytime Monday through Friday between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm. You must have your inmate’s SID# available to schedule a visit.

What to bring to your visit

  • Photo Identification
    • All visitors 15 and older must bring a driver’s license, passport, state ID card, military ID card, school ID card, or other official government ID card
  • Money
    • Quarters only for use in the vending machines (no more than $15 in quarters is allowed).
  • Metal Detector Medical Exception Form 
    • If you have a medical condition that makes it unsafe for you to walk through a metal detector, talk to your doctor about documentation and have them complete the Metal Detector Medical Exception Form linked above.

Other Approved Items

  • Pictures
    • Visitors may bring five non-Polaroid photographs or five sheets of photographs into the visiting room. You must take all pictures with you at the end of the visit.
  • Infant items
    • Approved items per child include: two diapers, one clear plastic bottle, one single layer blanket, one pacifier, and diaper wipes contained in a clear plastic bag.
  • Emergency medications
    • Any medications that are prescribed for emergency purposes

What to Leave at Home or in a Institution Locker

  • Non-emergency medications, prescribed or non-prescribed, are not allowed in the visiting room. 
  • Smoking of any kind is not allowed within a correctional institution or on State of Oregon property, so please leave any tobacco products, vapes, etc. behind. 
  • Cash other than $15 in quarters. You cannot bring checkbooks, credit and/or debit cards into the visiting area. 
  • No cell phones, pagers, or other electronic devices
  • Weapons of any kind are not allowed
  • Metal buttons, body piercings, jewelry, underwire bras, and some shoes may activate the metal detector. Avoid wearing metal as much as possible or be prepared to remove certain items in order to pass through the metal detector successfully.

Dress Code

DO NOT WEAR BLUE DENIM OR BLUE CLOTHING OF ANY KIND. This is for security purposes, since inmates themselves wear blue and blue denim clothing.

Dress conservatively. Dresses, skirts, jumpers, culottes, and shorts are permitted if they are worn at knee level or lower when standing. Footwear and undergarments are required.

Prohibited clothing:

  • Suggestive, revealing, low-cut or skimpy clothing. Hats, wrap-around skirts, halter tops, sheer or see-through clothing are not allowed. 
  • Other types of provocative clothing; camouflage of any kind; and clothing, hairstyles, insignias or other paraphernalia associated with security threat groups or that are inflammatory in nature are not allowed.
  • Raincoats, ski jackets, and other garments that are lined are not allowed inside the visiting room.

Physical Address

Oregon State Correctional Institution
3405 Deer Park Drive SE
Salem, Oregon 97310-9385

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/tbdCM2Q5HZZhRS2V8

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, SID Number
Oregon State Correctional Institution
3405 Deer Park Drive SE
Salem, Oregon 97310-9385

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at Oregon State Correctional Institution can’t receive incoming phone calls, but they do have access to phones during certain hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Oregon, please click here.

How to Send Money

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) has contracts with JPay, CenturyLink (CenturyLink uses the vendor Access Corrections for Trust deposits), and Telmate. All accept electronic payments through their website, by telephone, and at walk up locations. 

Adults in custody have two main types of accounts: a phone account and a commissary (trust) account. 

  • Phone account funds can be used for phone calls, electronic messaging, and computer tablet services. 
  • Commissary account funds can be used for items from the Institution like snacks, toiletries, and other goods and services. The DOC Rule on Trust Accounts has more detailed information on commissary accounts.


With JPay, you can place money on an AICs commissary (trust) account:

  • JPay website: Visit the JPay website to create an account and send money with a credit or debit card.
  • Phone: Call (800) 574-5729 to deposit money with a credit or debit card.
  • In person: Visit Wal-Mart, 7-Eleven, or CVS to purchase a MoneyGram with cash or card. Once purchased, call (800) 574-5729 and use receive code, 7813.

Century Link

CenturyLink uses a vendor called Access Corrections, so you can place money on an AIC's commissary (trust) account:

  • Visit the Access Corrections website to create an account and send money with a credit or debit card.
  • Phone: Call (866) 345-1884 to send money with a credit or debit card.
  • In person: Visit any Western Union Agent to send money with cash or card.


With Telmate, you can place money on an AIC's commissary (trust) account.

  • Telmate website or app: Visit the Telmate website or download the app to deposit using a credit or debit card 
  • Phone: Call Telmate customer service at (866) 516-0115. 

US Mail

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) will ONLY accept money orders and cashier's checks through the mail. Make the money order or cashier’s check payable to “DOC” with the adult in custody's name and SID number. (Example: DOC for John Doe, SID #1234567)

Write the name and mailing address of the purchaser, including city, state, and zip code on the money order or cashier's check AND in the return address area of the mailing envelope. This information must be current and legible or your item will be returned.

Mail the money order or cashier’s check to:

Central Trust, AICs Name and SID Number
Oregon Department of Corrections
PO Box 14400
Salem, OR 97309-5077

Programs For Inmates

Programs and Services offered at OSCI:

  • Education
  • Drug and alcohol treatment
  • Transition programs
  • Work assignments
  • Mental health treatment
  • Religious services
  • Mailroom
  • Print shop
  • Contact centers

Oregon Corrections Enterprises (OCE) Industries:

  • Contact Center
  • Graphic Design
  • Mail Fulfillment
  • Print Shop
  • Survey

Substance Abuse Treatment

DOC offers prison-based intensive/residential and day substance abuse treatment as well as outpatient substance abuse and cognitive restructuring programs and treatment groups. 

Inmates with gambling-specific treatment needs may also participate in the Gambling Evaluation and Reduction (GEAR) program or the Gambling Reduction for Incarcerated Persons (GRIP) program. 

In addition to these treatment programs, offenders have the opportunity to participate in volunteer-led, 12-step programs such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and Celebrate Recovery.

Transitions Services

In the last six months of an inmate’s sentence, specific services are provided by DOC to prepare them for a successful re-entry into society. 

The primary program in Transitions is Road to Success. This is a voluntary program that includes the following components: Employment, Working Effectively with Your Parole Officer, Your Family, and Your Release, Understanding the Basics of Money Management, and Housing. 

In addition, Transitions Services Coordinators assist with areas such as helping inmates locate potential residences for their re-entry, contacting the DMV, Veteran Services, etc. for re-entry issues, and preparing for their medical needs upon release. 

Many other services are offered through Transitions and each inmate is personally assessed to determine what services they are interested in. You can assist the inmate’s successful re-entry by encouraging them to take part in any Transitions Services they might need. 

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If you are interested in a career with the Oregon Department of Corrections, you can find out more information about available jobs at Oregon State Correctional Institution by clicking here.