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Old 04-17-2016, 10:16 AM
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can any body tell me what to expect from the time I get top my sentceing to I get to coffee creek. after I get sentenced I am going to coffee crek that morring. whats the ride to prison like? whats the strip serch like? once I arrive at coffee creek than what happens? do thay have holding cells? what are the uniforms like? how long once I get I get their till I will be wearing a unifotm? how long to I get into my housing unit after booking/ please tell me everything.

I had heard that depending on how much time you have to do depends on what housing unit you get sent I heard anything over 4 years you go to a cell is this true if that's true I wood be going to a cell because I have over 4 years to do

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Oregon must be totally different from KY because, once sentenced, you remain in county until the DOC decides to move you to prison...and there is no way to predict when that'll happen.

The ride is uncomfortable due to the chains, but it is what it is and you'll be ok. Really.

Here, once you get to the Assessment & Classification facility you are deloused and given your uniforms upon arrival. A & C consist of dorms. You are moved to a cell only after your A & C is complete (mental & physical evals), you are classified and am close to being transferred to your "home" prison. It could take a few weeks to a few months to get moved from dorm to cell and then to your home prison.

Things may be a tad different state-to-state, but I believe the protocol may be similar.

Slow down....and breathe. You'll be ok. Get this time behind you, make of the best of your time by taking classes/programs, get a job as soon as allowed and keep busy.

Have a safe and speedy journey

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no I know what I am in for its part of the my plea agrment that after I get senticed to 3-5 years I go straight to prison it will only be like a 30 minute ride to coffee creek
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30 minute ride...shoot, you can do that standing on your head I wouldn't worry about the ride sweetie. I know you're nervous, and scared, but it'll be ok.

Others more familiar with Oregon DOC can give you more precise replies...but I hope I've helped, at least somewhat
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actuly I am looking forward to going its a way to start a new life
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Hi Kimberly-Jo

Oregon is rather unique in that CC is the intake for both men and women, but (unless it's changed) all women stay there after reception. So at least you will only have to be 'new' one time. And yes, a 30 minute ride will go fast.

As far as intake, I would feel confident that any of the info posted for the men's side would apply to your experience, as well, with obvious gender variants.

Unfortunately here on PTO we don't get a lot of input from former female inmates out of CC or their loved ones. It's just a smaller population compared to many other facilities.
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can any body tell me what to expect from the time I get top my sentceing to I get to coffee creek. after I get sentenced I am going to coffee crek that morring. whats the ride to prison like? whats the strip serch like? once I arrive at coffee creek than what happens? do thay have holding cells? what are the uniforms like? how long once I get I get their till I will be wearing a unifotm? how long to I get into my housing unit after booking/ please tell me everything.

I had heard that depending on how much time you have to do depends on what housing unit you get sent I heard anything over 4 years you go to a cell is this true if that's true I wood be going to a cell because I have over 4 years to do
Here's a rundown as best I know it (I have not personally been through it, but my Dad did):

At sentencing you will be first remanded to the county jail. The 'uniform' for county will depend on which county you're remanded to. County jails do transfers once or twice per week depending on the county. You'll have all of your personal possessions taken away from you and issued county possessions. Don't get too comfortable there, you won't be there long since it sounds like you're out on bail right now.

They will give you something akin to scrubs for transfer. You will have ankle chains and "belly" chains (handcuffs attached to a chain that goes around your waist). You'll get in a vehicle of some sort (probably a van) and you may be required to wear a "box" - this is a black metal box that goes over your hands. Not all transfers use a box, usually it's for the longer trips, but no guarantees one way or the other.

When you first arrive through receiving and departures, you'll have the scrubs (or whatever) that they had you wear in county taken away and they'll issue you clothing. The 'uniform' worn in Oregon prisons is: blue jeans, blue tee shirt/sweatshirt, Keds-like sneakers. You'll have to go through an introduction seminar where they tell you how everything works. Then you'll be taken to an intake cell.

You'll spend 2 - 8 weeks in this cell, and only allowed out once a day for one hour, during which time you'll need to eat, order commissary, shower etc. The other 23 hours/day, you'll be kept in the cell unless someone comes to get you, which they will do off an on. They will do a physical exam and several psychological exams on you. They'll also give you shots if you're not up to date on your vaccines.

Once intake is done with you, they'll assign your bunk/cell/unit and you'll move out of intake and into Coffee Creek Women's Prison. There is no way to tell if you will be in a cell or a dorm. Generally, people start off in cells, but it is often up to bedspace availability. They will put you where they have room.

For now, the best thing you can do is take a deep breath and remind yourself that no matter how much research you do, DOC will do what they will do and you have absolutely no control over it. One day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time - whatever it takes to try to keep your stress levels down.

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Hi Kimberly-Jo,

Following your questions yesterday, I spoke to a friend who has served some time at Coffee Creek. She was quite positive sotry abd relax as much as you can. She worked in the litchen and quite enjoyed her job and said it made her time go quicker.Shes maxe good friends there and said she said the uniform of the denim like blues ad black ldes was ok for prison clothes ad quite comfy.SHe didn't lilke the bright red shorts the inmates are allowed to wear when it's hot thiugh..)Above all, she said, she said it did help her start a new life after lots of problems with drugs so please stay hopeful!
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Hi,
i cannot tell about coffee creek but i can give you some insights on what i went through (and also my sister goes through these days):

I was out on bail back then when my sentence (6 to 10 years) was handed down. At sentencing you will be taken into custody by court officials. Court officials put handcuffs on you and you get escorted down to holding cells.
Its likely that you will be transferred to a local jail before getting processed further. Which means you will get transport chains on (if you not already got them in the courtroom) and a free ride to county jail where you get processed and await transport to your final prison destination.
The ride is usually (as described already) not funny at all. Usually the full metal works in a bus or van.
The first 4 weeks you get classified close-custody which means a lot of cell time. If you get general population you will be in a dorm for the remaining sentence. Otherwise you will be in a double or single cell.

Let me know if you need more details. There are people who are easier with more details. Others just get scared by the details. You need to tell us.

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I am only going to be spending the night befor my sentinceing in county jail. than after sentencing I am going to prison. the question I have is the night I spend in county does that count tordfs my sentience?
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Generally speaking, "time served" (which includes time in county) counts towards your total sentence time. Since it's only overnight, I'm not sure if that will count as one day or not.
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doring my 30 days in reception as asn inmate is their any way I could act so that doc will assigne me to a cell in the main prison I relly want locked in a cell as aposed to a dorm
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So you're surrendering and want to be put in a cell instead of dorms?
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I wood peferra a cell to a dorm
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There is really nothing you can do to influence where DOC decides to place you. From what I've heard from others, generally, if you attempt to influence where they put you, they'll put you in the exact opposite of what you want.

Your best bet is to be as compliant as possible and hope that they put you in a cell, but in your shoes, I wouldn't breathe a word of it to anyone once you get to Coffee Creek Intake.
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generly does all new inmates start out in a cell? and I also heard that that depending on how much time you have to do depends on your housing unit assiment. what I heard is any thing over 3 years is automic cell if that's the case I wil be going straight to a cell seeing I have 3-5 years to do is what I heard true?
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the reason I want a cell is because I have read that their lots of inmates their that wood rather be locked up in a cell instead of a dorm and I think might just be one of those inmates that wants to be locked in a cell
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May I ask why you want to be in a cell?
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the reason I wood like a cell because I like the idea that I will have one cell mate as to opposed to how many thay have in a doirm.
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There really is no way to know in advance. Many inmates prefer to be in dorms as the dorms allow for a little more freedom than cells do, so there is often a waiting list for people to get into dorms. That means that there is more cell bed-space than dorm bed-space typically (excluding medical dorm units).

But that is no guarantee. DOC will put you where they decide to put you, and that will most likely be based on where there is an available bed that fits your profile (e.g., can you sleep on a top bunk, will you your cellie be within 20 years of your age etc.).

There simply is no way to know until you get sent to the unit you'll be assigned to.

I know you'd like more certainty than this. The men not only don't know if they'll be in a cell or a dorm, but they don't even know what part of the state they'll be in. At least you have the certainty of knowing you'll be in Wilsonville.
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There is really no way i think. What easily gets you close custody are things like hiding a handcuff key that surely gets discovered at intake. But i think you don't really want that much privacy. Prison is not about privacy. Can tell you that.
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Prison is not about privacy. Can tell you that.
Amen. You will be in a roughly 15 foot by 17 foot room with another person, a toilet with no walls around it, a sink with no walls around it and no other form of privacy screening.

It is also against the rules to "break the line of sight" - meaning that if you hang something up or cover yourself to try to create some semblence of privacy, you can be written up for it. At OSCI, the bunks face the toilet, so if the bottom bunk guy is watching TV, he's staring straight at the toilet when the other guy uses it. There is slightly more bathroom privacy in the dorm units.

There is no privacy at all in a prison, and upon conviction, you will lose your right to privacy. Guards can and do come in and "turn out" your possessions, going through everything you have in your area (cell or dorm). The mail room reads every letter you get and every email that comes in. All phone calls are monitored and recorded. There is no such thing at all as privacy.
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Its not so much te amount of time you have but your security level the determines cell or dorm. My husband is currently in a cell. He is locked down 24 hours a day...gets an hour of rec time a couple times a week... In the dorm, you will have more frrdom of movement.
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As i said, if you get (for some reason) and increased security level it is likely you go to a cell with very limited time outside. You will be escorted by officers every time you leave your cell and you will have chains on all the time.
I spend 3 weeks in solitary confinement back then. Not fun.
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As i said, if you get (for some reason) and increased security level it is likely you go to a cell with very limited time outside. You will be escorted by officers every time you leave your cell and you will have chains on all the time.
I spend 3 weeks in solitary confinement back then. Not fun.
Were you at Coffee Creek Correctional in Oregon at the time? To the best of my knowledge, the only inmates who are treated as you describe are those on death row in the Oregon prison system, although I could certainly be wrong.
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