Snake River Correctional Institution

Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) is a multi-security facility located in Ontario, Oregon, that opened in August 1991. Although sited for 3,000 beds, only 576 medium security and 72 minimum security beds were constructed in Phase I. 

In 1994, the Oregon Legislative Assembly approved construction of the remaining 2,352 beds at a cost of $175 million, representing the largest state general funded public works project in state history. Many SRCI inmates worked in construction activities.

SRCI is the largest prison in Oregon with 2,336 medium-security beds, 154 minimum-security beds and 510 Special Housing beds, Administrative Segregation, Disciplinary Segregation, Intensive Management, and Infirmary. 

SRCI has several unique features such as decentralized inmate services that enable the department to separate various offenders into discrete housing units. It also has a comprehensive corridor system connecting housing, program, and work areas so that inmates can move from one area to another under all types of weather conditions.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Snake River Correctional Institution are as follows:

Housing Type



Minimum Facility

Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays

7:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. MST

12:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. MST

Medium Facility

Wednesday – Sunday

7:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. MST

12:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. MST

You must arrive no later than 30 minutes before the end of a visiting session. Delays may occur when you are waiting for a visit. Plan for unanticipated delays by giving yourself plenty of time to go through the check-in process. 

What to bring to your visit

  • Photo Identification (all visitors 15 and older)
  • Money (a maximum of $15 in quarters for the vending machines)
  • Metal Detector Medical Exception Form 
    • If you have a medical condition that makes it unsafe for you to walk through a metal detector, have your doctor complete the Metal Detector Medical Exception Form linked above.

Other Approved Items

  • Pictures (up to five non-Polaroid photographs or five sheets of photographs)
  • 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

What to Leave at Home or in a Institution Locker

  • Non-emergency medications, prescribed or non-prescribed, are not allowed in the visiting room. 
  • There is no smoking allowed on any 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.

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

Snake River Correctional Institution
777 Stanton Blvd.
Ontario, Oregon 97914-8335

Driving Directions:

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name, SID Number
Snake River Correctional Institution
777 Stanton Blvd.
Ontario, Oregon 97914-8335

The only items adults in custody may receive directly from friends or family are photos and letters. Books, magazines, and newspapers must be sent to the AIC directly from a publisher/distributor. All other items, such as games or food, are prohibited. Because of this, letters are very important to AICs and are always appreciated.

To send a letter to an AIC, the following MUST be included on the envelope:

  • The AICs name as it appears on their Oregon Department of Corrections records (no nicknames) 
  • The AICs Oregon state offender identification number (SID#)
  • Correct facility name and complete address
  • A return address with the complete name and address of the sender

If you need to find an adult in custody's correct name, SID number and other information, you can use the Adult in custody Lookup System.

There are several restrictions on letters:

  • All mail is opened and reviewed by facility staff before being given to the AIC.
  • Envelopes cannot be more than ¼ inch thick.
  • Stickers, glitter, crayons, glue, musical or decorative cards are not allowed.
  • Scent or lipstick on either the envelope or its contents is not allowed.
  • Blank paper, self-addressed stamped envelopes, and pornography are not allowed.
  • Unauthorized content is not allowed.

How to Call an Inmate

Inmates at Snake River 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. 

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

  • 2nd Chance Animal Shelter
  • 12 Step and AA Freedom Seekers
  • Anger Management 
  • Art of Communication
  • Bal-A-Vis-X
  • Crochet
  • Dads4Life
  • Elijah House
  • Marriage Enrichment
  • Otino Waa
  • SRCI Quilters
  • Story Link
  • Toastmasters
  • Veterans Affairs

Oregon Corrections Enterprises (OCE) Industries:

  • Contact Center
  • Laundry
  • Sign Shop

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Careers at Snake River Correctional Institution

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