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Default How to visit an inmate in Oregon State Pen Infirmary

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Again, I hope no one ever needs this information, but if you do, it's not always easy to find.

The type of visitation for hospice depends on the state of health of your loved one.

If your loved one is ambulatory: Visitation happens in the regular visiting room, following regular visiting hours just like any other visit would be. So Wed-Sun, morning and afternoon session, same cost in visitation points etc. As of this writing (9/5/2014), OSP allows $15 in change to be taken in. Make sure that you know your loved one's dietary restrictions if you're going to buy them something from the vending machines.

If your loved one is not capable of visiting in the regular visiting room: You need to call the person in charge of scheduling visits with infirmary patients. The number as of this writing is 503.378.2321 - that's a direct line, not a recording or phone tree line. You will need to set your visit up at least 2 days in advance unless you've gotten that requirement waived by the officer in charge or the head nurse (this only happens when they believe death is imminent). When you arrive at the visitor's desk, tell them you have an appointment in the infirmary. A guard will come down and escort you through the prison itself to the infirmary. Only 2 guests per visitation are allowed due to space limitations, and visits are limited to 1 hour.

If you have a large family or if you plan on visiting very frequently, call the main visiting desk (503.373.1530) and find out how many visiting points you have available. I do not know at this time whether infirmary visits cost visitation points or not, but do be aware of how many points your loved one has available and how many points are being used so you don't run out before the end of the month. A reminder: weekday visits cost 1 point per person, weekend visits cost 2 points per person, but under 16 years old or over 65 years old cost no points at all.
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Correction to regular visitation hours: OSP has visiting 7 days/week, all year long including holidays. Visitation starts earlier than most institutions, so check the website for visitation hours.
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Addition to non-ambulatory visitation:

Your loved one can only have 2 visits inside the infirmary per week.

You'll be given a 1 hour appointment. Show up 30 minutes early to the visitation desk, or you'll lose some of your time while they wrangle up a guard to escort you.

The visitation person will read you a series of scary sounding notifications (like "You're entering a hostage situation. We do not negotiate for individual hostages..."). Just keep the guard between you and any inmates, and you should be fine.

The path from the visitor's desk to the infirmary proper is labyrinthine - you'll go past the visitor's room, through two or three more sally ports, out into the yard, in through another door, up a rather frightening elevator and finally into the infirmary. Follow the guard's instructions at all times.

Be warned: the infirmary is where inmates, including life and life without parole people go to die. It is not cheerful. It's downright dismal. Try to stay focused on your loved one and not pay attention to the other people there.
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