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Deschutes County Jail

The Deschutes County Jail in Boise, Oregon is a county jail facility run by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.  The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is run by Sheriff L. Shane Nelson.

The Deschutes County Adult Jail was built in 1994.  It is a mid-capacity jail, with 452 beds.  Although it is only a temporary detainment facility, the Deschutes County Jail provides programming focused on helping inmates demonstrate individual responsibility and rational behavior.  The goal is for inmates to make positive behavior changes during the periods of their incarceration.

The stated mission of the Deschutes County Jail is to serve the community by providing superior public safety and service, in an ethical and fiscally responsible manner, while preserving the rights of all individuals.

Inmates at Deschutes County Jail have access to several jail services.  These include mail, telephone, money, and property services.  Many times inmates need assistance from friends or family members outside of the facility to fully utilize these services.  Friends or family can review those services to determine how they can best help inmates benefit from those services.

Because the Deschutes County Jail is a temporary holding facility, housing both pretrial detainees and post-conviction inmates awaiting sentencing or transfer, many of the inmates in the facility are waiting for court services.  Deschutes County maintains an arraignment calendar that helps friends and family keep up with that schedule.

An arraignment is a defendant’s first court appearance.  At the arraignment, the charges against a defendant are read, the name and spelling are confirmed, and the next court appearance is scheduled.  Arraignments are scheduled every business day and follow the same schedule each day: 8:30AM is for people who are not in jail but are charged with felony charges that have a case number; 1:15PM is for people who are not in jail and are charged with misdemeanor or felony charges without a case number; 1:30PM is for people who are in jail for felony charges with a case number; 2:45PM is for people who are in custody for misdemeanor charges or felony charges without a case number.  All arraignments are handled via video court.  The public can go to the courthouse, which is located at 1100 NW Bond Street, Bend, Oregon, to view the arraignment.

Physical Address:

The Deschutes County Jail facility is located at the main office of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.  That address is:

Deschutes County Jail
63333 West Hwy 20
Bend, OR 97703

Mailing Address:

The Deschutes County Jail mailing address is:

Deschutes County Jail
63333 West Hwy 20
Bend, OR 97703

Inmate Mailing Address:

Inmates at the Deschutes County Jail can send and receive mail using the U.S. Postal Service.

To send inmate mail via the U.S. Postal Service, you send it to the following address:

Inmate’s Full Name
Deschutes County Adult Jail
63333 Hwy 20
West Bend, OR 97703

Inmates cannot receive mail from:

Inmates in other corrections-monitored facilities or treatment centers;

Those acting as go-betweens between inmates at different facilities;

A victim of the crime for which the inmate is in custody under pretrial or sentenced status; and

Anyone else that the jail command officer prohibits.

To send mail to an inmate, you must use the U.S. Postal Service.  The Deschutes County Jail does not use other mail carriers and will not accept mail that is hand-delivered or delivered via courier.

All mail must be completely addressed, using a full, real name and no nicknames.  Mail must have also have a complete return address, which should be handwritten and not included with a gummed or adhesive label.  All labels are removed prior to mail being delivered to an inmate.

All mail should be free of any stickers, or non-postal related stamps, as well as any foreign materials like lipsticks or perfumes.  There should be no writing or drawing on the outside of the envelope other than the address information.

Inmates can receive almost all types of written correspondence, but not junk mail or mass mailings.  They can receive legal or personal-business documents and personal mail.  They can receive postcards and greeting cards, but card cannot contain metal, plastic, or other hard materials.  The cards must also be constructed in such a way that they could not hide contraband.  Cards larger than 9x12 and musical cards are not allowed.

Inmates can receive up to five pictures or photographs per letter.  Pictures can be photographs up to size 4x6 or a printed piece of paper of photocopy up to the standard 8.5x11 size.  Multiple pictures or pictures mixed with text on a single sheet count as a single picture.  Mounted, framed, or polaroid pictures are prohibited.  Handmade drawings count towards the five picture limit. 
Pictures (Limit of five per letter).  Handmade drawings must be done in lead, colored pencil, or ink; other media forms are prohibited.  Nothing can be attached to a drawing or photograph.

Inmates can receive magazine or newspaper articles, but they must be photocopied.  If inmates receive pamphlets, they must be 8 pages or less in length; longer pamphlets are considered books.

Inmates can receive up to three books per day.  Books must be ordered and sent directly from a publisher, book club, or bookstore.  The bookseller’s address must be imprinted on the package or mailing label.  Books can be up to 9x12 inches in size and must be paperback only.  Books can be new or used, but inmates in segregation can only receive new books.

Magazines, newspapers, and other periodicals must be new and sent directly from the publisher or bookstore.  Periodicals cannot contain material that is considered obscene or provocative, like photos of scantily clad women.

Inmates cannot receive: drugs (legal or illegal); over-the-counter medications; glasses; contact lenses; writing materials; bookmarks; paperclips; hardback books; maps; transportation schedules; stickers and decals; cosmetics; hair care; hygiene items; food; clothing; any type of plastic card; locks of hair; ribbons; cigarettes; matches; lighters; dried or pressed flowers; contraband content; coupons; lottery tickets; bus tickets; compact disks or cassette tapes; foreign substances; threats; material likely to incite violence; material that could result in physical harm to anyone; gang-related material; sexually explicit material; inflammatory material; code or suspected code; and material that is fraudulently marked as legal or official mail.

All incoming and outgoing mail is subject to opening and inspection by jail staff.  If you mail contraband to the jail, it is a class C felony under Oregon Revised Statutes § 162.185.  It is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.  In addition, the jail commander may restrict any further correspondence with an inmate.  Mail with contraband may be returned, confiscated, destroyed, or confiscated as evidence in a criminal investigation.

If you have any questions about inmate mail, you can call 541-388-6661.  However, the jail will not confirm the delivery of an item.  It is the inmate’s responsibility to confirm delivery of an item.

If you have a complaint about inmate mail, you can contact a jail command officer by calling 541-388-6661 during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.  You can also complete a complaint form.

Phone Numbers:

There is a main contact number for the Deschutes County Jail: 541-317-3169.  You can reach booking at 541-388-6682.  You can reach the shift supervisor at 541-388-6687.

Inmate Search:

Deschutes County  maintains an inmate roster, which is updated every 24 hours.  This list has inmates alphabetically and shows all of the inmates in the facility.  You can access this list at any time.  Inmate information and offense are available for the public.  You can also contact the Deschutes County Jail at 541-388-6661 if you have questions about an inmate. 

Once you have located an inmate, you may be able to select the inmate’s individual record.  In that individual record, you can find information about the charges, the inmate’s full name, the booking date, the inmate’s physical characteristics, and a mugshot of the inmate.

Inmate List:

Deschutes County  maintains an inmate roster, which lists all of the inmates currently detained in the facility.  The list is alphabetical by default, but you can also search by date, which will return a list of recent arrests at the top of the list.  Once you have located an inmate, you may be able to select the inmate’s individual record.  In that individual record, you can find information about the charges, the inmate’s full name, the booking date, the inmate’s physical characteristics, and a mugshot of the inmate


Deschutes County Jail’s inmate search feature does include mugshots in the inmate records.  However, Deschutes County does not maintain a mugshot-only database.


All visitors must comply with visitation rules at all times or the visit may be terminated and the visitor’s visitation privileges may be revoked.

Social visits are those visits between an inmate and his family, friends, or associates.  Other visits, such as contact with lawyers or clergy, are not considered social visits.

Social visits are conducted remotely, via video visitation stations located in each jail and Work Center housing unit. There are no face-to-face visits.

TELMATE is the Deschutes County Jail’s visitation provider.  You must schedule a visit prior to visitation and must be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.  You can make visitation appointments in three ways: (1) Contact TELMATE Customer Service toll free at 866-516-0115; (2) Log-on and visit TELMATE; and (3) Set up a visit on-site at the TELMATE cash kiosk, located at both the jail and Work Center

Inmates have two free visits per week, which are conducted on-site only at the Deschutes County Work Center, which is located at 63360 Britta Street, Bend OR. Each free visit may last 30 minutes. An inmate may have up to two social visitors per free visit, plus a baby or toddler that sits on an adult’s lap during the visit. Visits may only occur during visiting hours. On-site visiting time can also be extended by pre-purchasing time through TELMATE.

In addition to those free on-site visits, you can purchase additional remote, off-site visitation on a first come, first serve basis.  For off-site visitation, you must have the proper equipment and pay fees to TELMATE.  There is no limit to the number of visitors for remote visitation.

Social visits are conducted 8AM to 10PM, every day of the week, except for from 11:30AM to 1:00PM or 4:30PM to 7:00PM.

The Deschutes County Jail staff may control inmate visitation, including restricting who visit and visiting conditions.  Inmates may also refuse visitation.  You cannot visit on-site if you have been in a correctional facility in the last 60 days or are a registered sex offender.  Visitation for minors is restricted and may require proof of relationship prior to approval.

All video visitations are monitored, recorded, and subject to screening.  Certain actions are prohibited during the visit.

Visitation Rules include: (1) Behaving in a manner that is not a threat to the safety, security, and good order of the jail and/or public; (2) following the dress code; (3) controlling all minor children; (4) ending the visit on time; (5) being sober; (6) not bringing in contraband; (7) not tampering with or damaging jail property; and (8) abide by all TELMATE rules, regulations, and procedures.

Items that are Considered Contraband Include: cell phones, baby strollers, carriers, or any personal items except for keys.

Dress Code (1) No sexually suggestive or provocative clothing including short-shorts or skirts/dresses, tank tops, halter tops, low cut necklines, tight-fitting clothes, see-through clothes, or missing undergarments; (2) you must wear shoes; (3) you can only wear hats or head coverings that do not obscure your identity; (4) you may be asked to remove outer layers of clothing if they could conceal contraband; (5) no clothing or hairstyle that has a gang affiliation or is a slur towards a class of people.

Inmate Phone Privileges:

Inmates can place outgoing calls, but cannot receive incoming calls.  If you have an emergency and you feel like the inmate needs to be contacted, you can contact the jail, but the jail will not take messages for inmates and generally will not relay information to inmates.

Deschutes County Jail uses Telmate for its inmate jail service provider.  Inmates can make collect calls or use a pre-paid account to pay for phone calls.

You can put money on an inmate’s account three ways.  You can use the Telmate kiosks that are located in the lobby and the inmate services area of the facility.  Money can be added to the inmate’s account using a credit card, a debit card, or cash.  You can deposit money online at  You can also deposit money over the phone by calling Telmate customer service at 866-516-0115.

Telmate provides a function where inmates can receive voicemails.  These voicemails can be left 24/7.  Contact 866-516-0115 and follow the automated instructions to leave a voicemail.  There is a fee associated with voicemail services.

Inmate Trust Accounts / Commissary:

Deschutes County Jail uses Telmate to handle deposits for its inmate accounts.  Telmate handles deposits for commissary accounts and for inmate phone accounts.

Inmate commissary accounts allow inmates to purchase things that are not supplied by the jail, as well as pay for any fees that may be assessed for the inmate.  Commissary items include: hygiene items, writing supplies, and snacks.  Deposits must be made before 12PM on Monday to be available for the week.

To deposit or send money to an inmate’s commissary account in person, go to the counter in the main lobby of the jail during normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for holidays.

You can also send money to an inmate in the mail.  You can send money to an inmate at the jail in the form of cash, cashier’s checks, US postal money orders and government checks for credit to an inmate’s account in mail addressed to the inmate or just the jail.  While you can send cash, because is not traceable, it is not recommended.  The jail will not deposit payroll, personal, business, or two-party checks.  All checks and money orders should be made payable either to the inmate or to the Deschutes County Adult Jail. If made payable to the jail, the check or money order also needs to have the inmate’s name on it.

Inmates can release their property to people 18 years of age and over, but must complete a property release form prior to property being released.  Property can be picked up at the jail lobby desk during normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Inmates cannot generally receive property, but may receive certain medical items, court clothes for jury trial, special-fit clothing or clothes needed for release.  Inmates should obtain approval to receive the items before getting them.  Medications must be prescriptions, must be currently prescribed, must be in the original packaging, and if a cream or inhaler, must be unused and in the original packaging.

Bail Information:

Any adult (18 or older), except another inmate, can post bail the Deschutes County Adult Jail, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  This includes inmates who have been booked, using cash in his or her possession at the time of booking.  Bail can be full or partial.  Inmates can also use money in their inmate accounts to post bail.

To find out the amount of bail, you can call (541) 388-6661. Normally, the amount is 10 percent of the security amount.

During regular business hours, 8:00AM to 5:00PM, you pay bail by going to the main lobby of the jail, located in the Sheriff’s Office complex. After hours, on holidays, or weekends, you pay bail by going to the Inmate Services door, which is located in the front of the jail and is the door marked 'Inmate Services'. Push the intercom button for assistance.

You can pay bail using cash, cashier’s check, or a US Postal money order.  You can also combine the three forms of payment.


The Deschutes County Jail, located at 63333 West Hwy 20, Bend, Bend, OR 97703, is the county jail facility for Deschutes County, Ohio.  It houses both pretrial detainees and post-conviction inmates awaiting sentencing or movement to another facility.  Because it is a short-term facility, the inmates at Deschutes County Jail do not have access to many amenities.  It uses Telmate as its jail service provider.


Year Built or Opened: 1994 / renovated Oct 2014 Warden or Supervisor: Sheriff L. Shane Nelson Daily Inmate Count: 260 Total Capacity: 452 Security Level(s): minimum - medium

63333 West Highway 20
Bend, OR 97701

Phone Number(s): Administration (541) 317-3169
Booking (541) 388-6682
Shift Supervisor (541) 388-6687
Fax Number: 541-389-6835

63333 West Highway 20
Bend, OR 97701

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