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As friends, family, and others interested in keeping in touch with inmates, we thought you might like to know some basic information. Inmates go through an orientation process and receive an inmate handbook to help them learn the rules of the jail, including the rules for mail, phone calls, and visits. Each inmate is provided with a visitors list which they may choose to fill out and turn in. Once the list has been approved, those individuals whose names appear on the approved list can begin scheduling visits.
Please remember that even though inmates are given daily opportunities to contact their family, it is their choice to place a call, send correspondence or to put names on their visiting list. Contact is always at their option. We do not take messages for inmates.
Due to the inadequate size of our jail; we contract with other jails to rent beds for Benton County inmates. Inmates are subject to transport to any of our contract facilities at the discretion of the jail. We currently rent beds from Lincoln, Yamhill and Linn Counties.
In accordance with ORS 169.076 an inmate's correspondence to or from an attorney, the courts, the Attorney General, the Governor, the Oregon State Corrections Department, or Jail Administration is considered "official mail" and will not be inspected.
Anyone can send mail to an inmate, with some restrictions. We will not accept mail from:
Persons wishing to appeal the rejection decision may do so within 7 days, in writing to the Jail Commander, indicating why they believe the rejection is unwarranted.
Addressing Mail to Inmates
Clearly write the inmate's complete name. Do not use nicknames. If you know the inmate's middle name or initial, please include that. Send mail to this address:
Benton County Jail
PO Box 788
Corvallis, OR 97339
Be sure to hand write your return name and address on the mail! We will not deliver or hold mail for an inmate if it is missing a return address.
Inmate Mail Delivery
We only allow inmates to receive mail sent through the US Postal Service. We do not accept hand, courier, or commercial-mail-service delivered mail. We will not accept mail with postage due.
Go to our website, www.inmatecanteen.com.
Telephone calls are a privilege for inmates. Staff may restrict the number, length, or telephone use hours based on an inmate's behavior and/or classification status.
Inmates in the Benton County Jail should have no expectation of privacy in their personal telephone calls. Inmate personal calls will be monitored and recorded at any time and this information used in either disciplinary or criminal charges.
Please be advised that if you choose to accept a call from an inmate housed in the Benton County Jail the telephone company will charge you for the cost of the call. If you are receiving unwanted calls or attempted calls from inmates, you may contact jail staff at 541-766-6866 and request that a block be placed on your phone number.
The mission of the Benton County Jail, while protecting the community and its citizens, is to economically operate a safe, secure and humane facility that adheres to Oregon Revised Statutes regarding corrections facility operations, the American Corrections and American Jail Associations recommendations and constitutional considerations as provided by the United States Constitution.