Oregon State Penitentiary

Do you know someone incarcerated at Oregon State Penitentiary? Oregon State Penitentiary is a state correctional institution in the Oregon state prison system, which is part of the Oregon Department of Corrections. This site gives you information about everything you might want to know about Oregon State Penitentiary,such as: Find an inmate at Oregon State Penitentiary. Visiting an inmate here. The prison’s address and phone number. How to send mail and money to an inmate. And everything else.

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Oregon State Penitentiary
State: Oregon
County: Marion
DOC: Oregon Department of Corrections
Security Level: Maximum
Warden Name: Jeff Premo

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Contact Information

In this section you will find the street address and mailing address for Oregon State Penitentiary. Use the mailing address if you are mailing a letter or package to someone at Oregon State Penitentiary, and be sure to use the physical address if you need to know the actual location of the prison.

Mailing Address

Make sure to read the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures section on this page before you send a package or letter to a prisoner to learn how to properly write the address, and do the correct steps for mailing a package or letter. If you do not use the appropriate directions, it could get sent back.

Oregon State Penitentiary
2605 State Street
Salem OR, 97310-0505

Street Address / Prison location


Oregon State Penitentiary
2605 State Street
Salem OR,

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number:

Map and Directions

Use the street address if you plan to visit a prisoner. You should check the Inmate Visitation Schedule and Inmate Visitation Procedures headings on this page if you are going to try to visit an inmate here.

Oregon State Penitentiary
2605 State Street
Salem OR,


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Phone Number

Oregon State Penitentiary inmates don’t have phones, so you won’t get to call the inmate, but, there are times when it is helpful to have the telephone number to the prison.

Prisoners may be able to call out with:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Oregon State Penitentiary prisoners don’t have fax machines, so you won’t get to fax a letter to prisoners, but there are some times when it may be useful to know the fax number to Oregon State Penitentiary.

Email Address

The email address listed below is the main email address for the prison. You cannot reach individuals using this email address. If you are going to send an email to an inmate, go to the Inmate Email section on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:
Total Staff:

Inmate Email

In order to send email to a prisoner you must follow an specific procedure to ensure that the letter is received by the inmate.

Inmate Internet Access

Prison inmates are not permitted to access the Internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special rules that you have to follow when sending a package or letter to a prisoner. If you do not then letter or package might not make it there.

Before you send anything, read the sections below:

Mail Monitoring

Correctional facility staff will open and inspect all incoming general postal correspondence. Received general packages and mail may be read as frequently as is deemed necessary to keep safety and security or watch any problems regarding an inmate.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Here is the proper format for how you need to address a letter to a prisoner at Oregon State Penitentiary:

Oregon State Penitentiary
2605 State Street
Salem OR, 97310-0505

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Inmate Money

Each prison has a Commissary which was created to provide prisoners a bank-like account for inmate monies and for buying items not issued to inmates by the Bureau of Prisons.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Anyone may send funds to these accounts with Western Union or by mail.

Via U.S. Postal Service: An inmate’s family and friends can to send inmates funds by way of postal mail and have to send money to the following address and follow the rules shows below:

The money must be a money order made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. It is advisable to use a postal money order, since all non-postal money orders processed through the National Lockbox will be held for a 15-day hold, and during this hold period the inmate will not get the depsoit. The Bureau of Prisons will return any funds that do not have appropriate prisoner information if the envelope has a valid return address. Cash and personal checks cannot be accepted for deposit so do not send checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

State prisoners are often transported to various prison facilities around the state, so sometimes you may have to locate where an inmate is located using the inmate locator. Click on the link here to locate an Oregon State Penitentiary inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other Oregon state prisons: Oregon State Prisons

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit an inmate at Oregon State Penitentiary, you must know this info:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

OSP (Main Penitentiary)
Every day including holidays: 7:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. OSPM (OSP Minimum Facility)
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Every state prison has its own policies for prisoner visitation and these policies get changed often. The rules below might be changed by the time you are reading this, so be sure to also check Oregon State Penitentiary’s site to find the most up to date visitation rules.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The front entrance officer ensures all visitors sign the inmate visitors log upon entering the facility and upon departure.

Identification Required

Photo ID of visitors is required. Appropriate forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state photo id is OK.

For all of the things listed below, check the actual Oregon State Penitentiary site as this info is changed frequently:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Section about Oregon State Penitentiary records coming.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

Details about Oregon State Penitentiary death row to be added later.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


More information about Oregon parole procedures will be posted ASAP.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Section about release procedures for Oregon State Penitentiary coming.

Inmate Programs

Work Force Development and Education: Besides a number of prison maintenance and food service jobs, inmates at the penitentiary may work in a furniture factory, metal shop, upholstery shop, or the state´s third-largest commercial laundry. Mental health, religious, and cognitive programs are offered as well.
Educational programs include Adult Basic Education, GED, English as a Second Language, and an automotive repair vocational training program. Inmates who meet minimum requirements (good behavior and program compliance) may participate in college level correspondence courses (at their own expense).

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Prison Life

More information about life at Oregon State Penitentiary will be posted ASAP.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A Oregon State Penitentiary news section coming.


A Oregon State Penitentiary photo section will be posted ASAP.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Oregon State Penitentiary
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Oregon State Penitentiary.

If you have any photos of Oregon State Penitentiary that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you trying to find a correctional facility job? Have experience? Have you worked at a prison facility previously?

If so, check out:

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The official website:

Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
  • Victims have the right to notification.
  • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • Victims have the right to restitution.
  • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
  • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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Family Resources

More information about family resources coming.


Oregon State Penitentiary history coming.

Such as:

  • Famous Oregon State Penitentiary inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other Oregon State Prisons: Oregon State Prisons

Oregon State Penitentiary Links

The official website:

Oregon Department of Corrections Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Oregon State Penitentiary

Have you ever been an inmate at Oregon State Penitentiary? Do you have a family member or friend that spent time there? Have you ever visited someone at this prison?

If yes, then please write a review about it. Write down your prison experience so other people can find out what to expect.

Things you might want to write in the review:

  • Facility conditions
  • Prison layout and facility
  • Guards and prison staff
  • Commissary and food
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Safety
  • Gang activity
  • Activities and programs

If you are currently an inmate at Oregon State Penitentiary, leave your mailing address if you want people to be able to mail you.

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