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Old 11-09-2017, 02:49 AM
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My husband is ready to be moved to minimum next year in summer. As of now, we were both excited for him to go to Deer Ridge. Everything will go smoother, he said. Also, for me and my daughter, the area would be more lively - to do things, go shopping or the national park after visits. He's now at Two Rivers, and everyone every visiting there knows that it's in the middle for nowhere! Walmart is the biggest excitement.

However, he talked to someone who just returned from Deer Ridge. And what he told him seems pretty awful. He said that it's built exactly like Two Rivers, only the rules, privacy and c/o's are way worse. The warden is a Christian and we can't even think of talking sweet to each other on the phone without consequences (and I don't mean explicit talking but even less). He would reside initially in a dorm for months with the toilets being out in the open, and the dorm loud as hell until all hours of the morning.

He figured maybe getting to Columbia River CI in Portland. Never was a topic so I wonder how it's like there? How are the experiences of you ladies, both with DRCM and CRCI?

I'm curious.

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Old 11-09-2017, 06:45 AM
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Two Rivers is one of the more modern prisons, so anywhere from there is going to seem like a dump. Deer Ridge has had its problems with infrastructure not working as intended (which is why it's not fully occupied, while the other institutions are overflowing). Columbia River is mostly for inmates in programs transitioning out. The majority of the population are actively in outward transition programs, and it's overflowing.

Another possibility is Santiam (which I hear is actually rather nice, aside from the dorm style bedding).

I've never personally visited at any of those, but have been told that Santiam is nice to visit at (not sure if it's because of the room, or the staff). Most folks moving through Columbia aren't there very long (12 - 18 months?) so I haven't heard anything at all about visiting there although I can try to find out, but the info would be really out of date.

Here's hoping that the Tudors do well no matter where Mr Tudor ends up. The most important part of visiting is that face time. Me personally, I'd be willing to visit in a pig wallow if it meant getting to see my loved on face-to-face.

I'm still waiting for my Dad's estate to settle. Then I'll be able to get on people's visiting lists and start visiting again. I'm dreading the drive to Snake, but looking forward to getting to talk to my friend in person. My other friends are in the Valley, so it's not as bad a drive for me.
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