As part of the Oregon Department of Corrections’ COVID-19 continuing prevention efforts, normal visiting will remain canceled statewide until further notice. This includes non-contact visits, family visits, and attorney visits.
I know many of you hoped to open doors to visitors in the coming weeks and are disappointed to hear this news. While we are gaining ground and seeing our numbers decrease significantly, our communities are seeing increased numbers. Given this, we fear we will see another spike if we open visiting at this time.
This was no easy decision, especially knowing it’s been months since kids have seen their moms and dads.
In the meantime, our Agency Operations Center is reviewing plans from each facility that include thorough screening processes and social distancing protocols in order to ensure safety for our employees, the adults in custody, and our communities.
When each facility can safely open their doors, we will make public notifications as soon as possible to help visitors plan.
Be well and be safe.
ODOC management team