Columbia River Correctional


9111 NE Sunderland Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97211-1708
Click here to go to CRCI´s website
Information:  (503) 280-6646
FAX: (503) 280-6012
Custody Level: Minimum Male
Michael Gower, Superintendent - (503) 280-6646 ext 206
Mike Malizio, Operations Manager - (503) 280-6646 ext 218
Joe DeCamp, Security Manager - (503) 280-6646 ext 215
Susan Erickson, Executive Support - (503) 280-6646 ext 217


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Visiting Hours: Fri: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.; Sat/Sun/Hol: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. & 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Visiting Rule: OAR Div 127 Visiting (Inmate)

Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI) is a 540 bed minimum security facility which was constructed on a 26 acre site in Northeast Portland at a cost of approximately $13 million. CRCI officially opened in September 1990. Located in the largest metropolitan area of the state, this facility is a combined restitution, alcohol/drug treatment center, and release facilty. 
The facility provides a full range of correctional services and programs which directly support the Department of Corrections primary mission.  These include:
     (1) A 50 bed residential Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program (Turning Point) and a 50 bed dual-diagnosis Mental Health Treatment Unit (Bridgepoint), operating under a contract with a private provider. 

     (2) Basic adult education, life skills and job readiness training.  Restitution and Community Service work programs for 400 inmates, with assignment to public service crews. 

     (3) The institution employs 120 FTE general funded staff and approximately 50 staff provided under contracted services. CRCI has strong "community oriented" programming for inmates and utilizes a large number of community volunteers in its programs.

     (4)  Inmates residing at Columbia River Correctional Institution are required and expected to work.  To that end, Work Crews are formed and subsequently employed by many public agencies, organizations and private businesses throughout the greater Tri-County area.
CRCI operates South Fork Forest Camp (SFFC) , a 200 bed minimum-security correctional work camp for male inmates near Tillamook, Oregon, which is managed jointly with the Oregon Department of Forestry.  Inmates assigned to the SFFC provide labor for forest management, firefighting, and parks maintenance. 
CRCI is a two story structure designed to separately house 540 male inmates in dormitory style housing units.  Two 50 bed dormitories have been designated as residential treatment centers where inmates are involved in an intensive Alcohol and/or Drug treatment program for six months or more. These two dormitories are self-contained providing inmates in treatment with the opportunity to successfully complete the program without unnecessary distractions from the general inmate population. The programs offered to other inmates in the facility focus on the development of work habits and skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment.
The building was constructed to be cost effective, durable and low maintenance. The metal roofing and siding materials are long lasting and low maintenance. The flat roofs are constructed with a single ply roofing and rock ballast. The exterior wall material provides insulation for the building and a durable, low maintenance surface. The concrete wainscot provides a strong surface at ground level.
The interior was designed to be open for maximum visibility throughout the main corridor and from within the control center. Natural lighting was used to reduce the need for artificial lighting. The finish materials on the inside were chosen, once again, for their durability, low maintenance, and cost effectiveness. The dormitories consist of exposed tilt-up concrete walls and concrete masonry walls. The floors are covered with vinyl tile, except for the bathrooms, which have ceramic tile. Again, only durable, long lasting materials were used.

Families and friends may visit inmates housed at CRCI on specific days and times providing the necessary forms have been received by the institution prior to the visit. These forms (CD 50D) must have been submitted by the inmate in question, not the visitor. To visit an inmate at CRCI, you must first contact the inmate (by phone or mail) and request to be added to their approved visitor list. The inmate will then fill out the appropriate forms and initiate the process.
There are several types of visits allowed, ranging from special visits to basic visits. Most friends and family members of inmates will fall into either the privileged visit or basic visit categories.
FRIDAYS                                                                                                 No Visiting
2:00 PM -to- 4:00 PM
6:30 PM -to- 9:00 PM
2:00 PM -to- 3:00 PM
6:30 PM -to- 8:30 PM
2:00 PM -to- 4:00 PM
6:30 PM -to- 9:00 PM
2:00 PM -to- 4:00 PM
6:30 PM -to- 8:30 PM
2:00 PM -to- 4:00 PM
6:30 PM -to- 9:00 PM
You must arrive at least one half hour before visiting ends or you will not be permitted to visit.
Types of Visits:
(1) Accompanied Visit: A visit which involves a minor child and is authorized only if the minor child remains in the company of an adult visitor as agreed upon in writing with the custodial parent or guardian.
(2) Basic Visit: The opportunity for an inmate and approved visitor to see and talk with each other, on a scheduled basis for a reasonable amount of time, with no physical contact.
(3) Privileged Visit: The opportunity for an inmate and an approved visitor to see and talk to each other in an informal setting, on a scheduled basis for a reasonable amount of time, with limited physical contact.
(4) Special Visit: A visit granted to a person not on the approved visiting list; an extra visit granted an approved visitor beyond established limits; and/or, a visit granted to occur at an hour and/or place when visits are not normally permitted.
(5)Business Visit: Visits for nonsocial purposes by attorneys, representatives of criminal justice agencies and other public or government agencies may be approved as business visits. Such visits should be made by appointment during visiting hours. These individuals must present credentials at the visiting desk identifying themselves as attorneys, representatives of criminal justice agencies, and/or other state agencies, e.g., Oregon State Police.
The Visiting Point System:
Visits with inmates at CRCI are calculated on a point system.  Inmates  are granted 24 visiting points per calendar month.  Each visit results in subtraction of points depending on the day and time of visit.  Visits on Friday evenings are worth one (1) point per visitor (children included).  Visits on weekends or holidays are worth two (2) points per visitor (children included).  When all points are used up, no further visiting is allowed until the next calendar month.
Other visiting considerations:
  • Visitors are allowed only one (1) visiting session per day on weekends and holidays

  • An inmate may receive no more than four (4) visitors at any one time
  • Inmates can have up to fifteen (15) visitors on their approved list
  • Children under the age of ten (10) years of age are not counted as one of the maximum number of fifteen permitted to visit, although their names must still be on the approved visiting list
  • Visitors may not be on more than one inmate´s approved visiting list at the institution where confined, except for visitors who are immediate family members
Rules of Conduct for Visitors:
  1. Visitors who exhibit indication of the use of alcohol, narcotics, or other intoxicants shall not be permitted visits.
  2. No physical contact, except for a brief embrace and kiss upon meeting and leaving. Hand holding and holding of small children under eight (8) years of age are the only physical contact permitted during visits.
  3. Visitors should wear conventional clothing in a manner which is not unduly suggestive or tight-fitting, does not resemble inmate attire, and does not create a security hazard. Clothing, hairstyles, insignias or other paraphernalia associated with street gangs will not be permitted.
    • (3a) Dresses, skirts, jumpers, culottes, and pants should not be worn more than two (2) inches above the knee cap. Slit dresses/skirts are only allowed if the slit is not more than two (2) inches above the knee. Wraparound skirts are not allowed.
    • (3b) Halter dresses, halter tops, tube tops, and dresses or tops with plunging/low-cut necklines are not allowed.
    • (3c) See-through clothing, including sheer fabrics and loose weave, are not allowed. Clothing that exposes an undue amount of flesh (e.g., exposing chest, back, thighs, or midsection) are not allowed.
    • (3d) Visitors are required to wear underclothes.
    • (3e) Hats are not allowed within the main visiting room.
    • (3f) Outer garments such as raincoats, ski jackets, and other garments which protect against rain and other inclement weather are not allowed within the main visiting room.
    • (3g) Footwear must be worn.
    • All documents/items will be searched prior to entering or leaving the visiting area.
    • Visitors may not exchange any object or article with an inmate.
    • Visitors with small children must keep them under control at all times. Children must be removed from the visiting area if necessary to avoid disturbing other visitors.
    • No smoking is allowed in any Department of Corrections visiting area.



For comments and questions, you may contact:

Oregon Department of Corrections
2575 Center St. NE
Salem, OR
Phone: 503-945-9090
Inmate Info.: 503-945-9090
Fax: 503-373-1173