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Old 07-30-2019, 12:51 PM
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My son is currently at coffee creek he will be going to either OSP or OSCI soon. My question is do they all use the same venue to add money to commissary and phones?
I mean can I add money now through Telmate and it will follow him?
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All state prisons in any particular state usually use the same providers for phone, commissary, etc Private prions in that state may be different.

When in doubt as to whether a certain prison is State or Private, check the DOC page for that state:

https://www.oregon.gov/DOC/Pages/default.aspx

Money on an inmates books is transferred right along with the inmate
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Thank you!!! My son wanted me to add a large amount so he can get everything he needs ASAP.
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We are in Oregon when he moved from OSP to Santiam it moved with him and really fast same day.
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Yes, you can add money through TelMate or GettingOut (AccessCorrections) and that money will follow him from Coffee Creek to wherever he ends up going.

Both TelMate and AccessCorrections are a state contract, so all state prisons use the same system. Just make sure to not add too much.

The way commissary/canteen works is that they place an order, a week later they get their stuff in a brown paper bag. Stapled to the paper bag is an accounting of their funds. Stapled to the OUTSIDE of the bag. Where everyone who is nearby can see it. Everyone will know how much money he has.

Having "a lot" of money will set him up for extortion. Suddenly having ALL the good stuff will tell everyone he has money available. Next thing you know, YOU will get a letter from someone saying they're going to beat him up if you don't put money on the correspondent's account.

So here's what you do: First thing he needs is shoes (the shoes they give him are awful!). Put enough money on his books for shoes. Next up will be a radio and headphones, after he gets the shoes, give him money for the radio/headphones. He'll need 6 months of "good time" before he can get a TV, so the other stuff, like watches and similar, can be spread over that time. Try not to ever have more than $300 in his account at a time, unless it's in there for a very specific purpose, like glasses or medical trips. It's best to keep the balance hovering below $100. If it has to go over $100, try to keep the amount of time that it's over $100 to a minimum.
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I just asked my boyfriend who has done 15 years in the Oregon system through out his life. He should order his tv right when he gets to the prison. Once you fall (get sent prison) you can buy a tv. He suggest you order that first it takes about two weeks to get. If you get in trouble after you fall and have not bought your tv yet you will have to wait for six month good time. Whether he gets extorted will depend on 1-his charges and 2- if he can stick up for himself if confronted. Has your son been in the Oregon prison system before? If somhe should know how it works and be able to tell you.
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I just asked my boyfriend who has done 15 years in the Oregon system through out his life. He should order his tv right when he gets to the prison. Once you fall (get sent prison) you can buy a tv. He suggest you order that first it takes about two weeks to get. If you get in trouble after you fall and have not bought your tv yet you will have to wait for six month good time. Whether he gets extorted will depend on 1-his charges and 2- if he can stick up for himself if confronted. Has your son been in the Oregon prison system before? If somhe should know how it works and be able to tell you.
Yes he was deer ridge for 10 months.
Just got a vine link notification, he was just transferred to OSP
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Osp sounds scary, but they have way cooler cops and way cooler rules. People are doing long time there so it’s a little more laxed. I’ve heard from inside their warden or someone high up went to Europe and studied some of their prisons. The guys are getting more yard time now.
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Thank you. Of course this mama is worried but he knows the drill. Head down and to keep to himself.
I was surprised that they sent him there considering heís a short timer will be released in 7 to 11 months Depending on transleave.


Hopefully they have work programs there I know it Darius he did fire fighting for the wildfires
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I asked and he said if he is a short timer they like to have them close to home for release so the move them to the valley. He said there aren’t any work crews that go out of osp. He said he won’t have time to program, he can’t work for 30 days and he can’t get paid for four months so he will need support from outside. He said that basically he is doing dead time not really enough to set up anything. He also said of you have any questions he can answer them. if he is classified as minimum he may only be at osp until a min bed opens up. My boyfriend got sent from osp to santiam 6 mos before release.
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Wow!!
Thank you for all that info!!!
Iím just hoping things go as smooth as it can for him.
This whole thing makes me so scared for him.
Youíve been wonderful with keeping my nerves calm thank you.
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This whole thing makes me so scared for him.
If he knows to keep his eyes open and his mouth shut, he'll be fine. OSP also has some great clubs. I only had a problem with one guard there, and said guard was fresh to the job and, from my observations, terrified that someone was going to jump him. The way he treated the inmates, he should have been terrified.

But I also dealt with a lot of the guards since my Dad was in "hospice" there. The only way I could visit was to be escorted by a guard through the prison and up to the infirmary. Aside from the newbie guard, I didn't see any other personnel behaving badly (which is more than I can say for other places I've visited).

The building looks terrifying, it sounds terrifying (all death row inmates are housed there), but it's more like walking into an old house with an old caretakers on premises - there's nothing wrong with it, it's just old.

The visiting room is really loud and echo-y, so if there's any way you can visit on a not-weekend day, I'd recommend that. It's also in the 'basement', and feels like you're in a dungeon, so that doesn't help with the nerves/jitters, but it's got a lot of games and a good selection in the vending machines, and the guards aren't jerks (at least for the few visits my dad was still in good enough health to make it down to visitation).
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Thank you for the info. He called last night and said it was waaaay different than deer ridge. That there was actual armed guards in towers. That kinda threw him.
He does know the drill tho, eyes open and mouth shut and don’t give in to any kind of extortion. He’s not out to make trouble or anything like that. He just wants to do his 7 months and get out.
Thank you all so much for the information. It does help this mama to breathe a little better. Since he’s been in ( county since March) it seems like I’ve been holding my breath.
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Just don't hold your breath for too long.

Remember to breathe!
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He's in the only maximum security prison in Oregon so that is why they have armed guards, etc. From my experience most of the guards are pretty chill, though there's always a few that people try to avoid. OSP actually offers many different types of activities, clubs, and jobs (though none that allow them to leave the prison). They also have some education programs as well. My husband qualifies for minimum now since he only has two years left but since he's getting his degree he gets to stay there without worrying about being moved. Since your son has already did some time in an Oregon prison he might run into some people he knows who might "vouch" for him if they know he's a solid guy and that can help a lot with him settling in quicker. But at least he doesn't have too much time left so hopefully it will go quickly for both of you and like someone said they might move him to minimum since he's so close to going home.
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Two rivers is also max. The prisons in Oregon that you can only look up and not out have max pods.
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He's in the only maximum security prison in Oregon so that is why they have armed guards, etc. From my experience most of the guards are pretty chill, though there's always a few that people try to avoid. OSP actually offers many different types of activities, clubs, and jobs (though none that allow them to leave the prison). They also have some education programs as well. My husband qualifies for minimum now since he only has two years left but since he's getting his degree he gets to stay there without worrying about being moved. Since your son has already did some time in an Oregon prison he might run into some people he knows who might "vouch" for him if they know he's a solid guy and that can help a lot with him settling in quicker. But at least he doesn't have too much time left so hopefully it will go quickly for both of you and like someone said they might move him to minimum since he's so close to going home.
Thatís awesome!!! My boyfriend started his degree at OSP and is now finishing out here since he was released.
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