Oregon State Prison

Oregon State Prison Inmate Search and Prison Information

Updated on: January 19, 2021
Location 2605 State Street, Salem, OR, 97310-0505
Official Website http://www.oregon.gov/doc/OPS/PRISON/pages/osp.aspx

Oregon State Prison is also known as Oregon State Penitentiary. It is the oldest prison in Oregon. It is the only maximum-security facility operated by the Oregon Department of Corrections.

The facility houses 2194 adult male inmates. Ten armed guard towers secure the inmates.

The prison has been sited at three separate locations. It was initially called Oregon Territory Jail and was in Oregon City, the capital of Oregon. The Territory Jail was built in 1842 and destroyed by fire in 1846.

It was later moved to Portland. In 1866, it was relocated to Salem Oregon where it was enclosed by a concrete wall 25 feet high.

The prison has selected housing units for multi-custody inmates. The special units houses inmates who have disciplinary issues, psychiatric problems, and inmates sentenced to death. Executions are from lethal injection.

Housing in prison is in large cell blocks with inmates housed in double cells. The prison has a full-service infirmary.

Inmate Locator

Searching for an inmate is simple when you know how to do it. There are free online databases. These databases usually show current inmates, but some show past accounts. Some online sites may charge you.

When searching, you are required to know a minimal amount of information. You will need to know the inmate’s name, the facility he is in, and aliases. When you find many names on your search, you can filter them using the birth date. The websites can show you images of inmates.

You can visit the facility and enquire about the inmate. You can also call them.

Mail/Package Correspondence

Sending mails and packages can give the inmates something to look forward to and improve their security concern. All mails are opened and inspected. This is to ensure that the mail does not contain contraband. Legal mails can be opened in the absence of the inmates.

The mails’ delivery to the inmates can take up to 10 days depending on the time of the year and the packages received.

Incoming mails should not be more than ¼” thick. Envelopes should not have crayons, stickers, markers, glue, glitter, lipstick, or perfume.

Up to ten photos are allowed to the facility. They should not be larger than 4”×6”. Instant or Polaroid photos are banned from the prison. You can also send pamphlets, photocopies, and cards that are not multi-layered and do not have electronics.

Always add your name and return address on the envelope of your correspondence. Include the inmate’s name, SID number, and address on the envelope.

Inmate’s Name, SID number

PO Box 2605

State Street, Salem 97310-0506

Do not mail blank paper, envelopes, stamps etc. as they should be purchased from the commissary.

Their loved ones can send emails. They are received in the facility’s mailroom, printed, and delivered as a regular mail to the inmate. Inmates cannot access the internet.

Books, magazines, and newspapers can be sent by loved ones directly from Amazon.com. When ordering them, include the inmate’s name and ID. These items should not contain content on nudity or how to make weapons, alcohol, or drugs.

Sending Money to Inmates

All inmates have a personal trust account.

You have to know the inmate’s name and ID number before depositing any funds. You can send money by:

  • Walk-in.
  • The internet. This is done online through JPAY or Access Correction. These companies accept the use of debit or credit cards at a fee.
  • You will call JPAY at 1-800-574-5729 or Access Corrections at 1-866-345-1884 to deposit money at a fee.
  • It is the cheapest and slowest method of sending funds. You need to buy United States Money Order through the post office and make it payable. Mail the completed money order to:

Inmate’s Name, ID

Oregon Department of Corrections

PO Box 14400


Phone Conversations

All inmates in Oregon State Prison can make collect calls and prepaid calls. The service provider for prepaid calls is telmate.com. There is no limit to money deposited to the inmate’s phone accounts. Prisoners can talk over the phone for 30 minutes. Three-way calling and forwarding calls are not allowed. Inmates cannot receive calls.  All calls are recorded and monitored.

Visiting an Inmate

At Oregon State Prison, visitations are done on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 3 pm.

First, request the inmate to add you to his visitation list. The inmate will then send you an application to fill. You can also print the application form on the facility’s official website.

On completion, mail the form to back to Oregon State Prison. You can send the form to the fax number written at the bottom of the application form.

After submitting the form, you will be investigated. The application will take up to 60 days to be processed. The inmate will inform you of your application status.

Only twenty people are allowed on the visitors approved list. Children under 13 years are not added on the limit.

When entering the facility, sign in at the front desk. Come with a valid ID, driver’s license, military ID, or a passport. Children should have their birth certificate or a social security card.

Visitors will be subjected to a search and passing through a metal detector. Your car may also be searched.

You cannot enter the facility with weapons, ammunition, or drugs.

Mobile phones, cameras, recorders, music devices, and electronics are prohibited. Tobacco and lighters are also prohibited.

What you can bring when visiting

  • $15 to purchase items from the vending machines.
  • When visiting with an infant, you can bring a clear Ziploc bag with diapers, plastic bottles, a pacifier, wipes and a blanket. Always control your children.
  • A convicted sex offender cannot be visited by any other kids apart from his biological kids.
  • Do not be loud or disruptive. Your visitation will be terminated.

Dress code rules

When visiting Oregon State Prison, you must follow a dress code which is strictly enforced. Always have a change of clothes and leave them in the car. Wear conservative clothing.

  • Always wear shoes and undergarments.
  • Do not wear blue denim, anything that looks like inmates or staff clothing.
  • Do not wear camouflage, military uniforms, doctors, and nurses’ scrubs.
  • Gang affiliated clothes, those that have offensive language or images are prohibited.
  • Do not wear skimpy and suggestive clothes.
  • Dresses, skirts, shorts, and pants should be knee size. Wrapped skirts and dresses with slits above the knee are not allowed.
  • Hats and sunglasses are prohibited.

Oregon State Prison — General Information

Facility Name Oregon State Prison
Facility Type State Prison
Address 2605 State Street, Salem, OR, 97310-0505
Capacity 2292
Facility Type Adult
City Salem
Postal Code 97310-0505
State Oregon
County Marion County
Official Website http://www.oregon.gov/doc/OPS/PRISON/pages/osp.aspx

Visiting Hours

Saturday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Refer the map below to find the driving directions.