Florence Police Department Jail Facility:
The City of Florence has a Municipal Jail which is an 18 bed facility with 1 safety cell, 1 detoxification cell for males, 1 detoxification cell for females, 4 cells for females, and 11 cells for males. These are all single bed cells approximately 8’ X 12’ in size. This jail is a local correctional facility as defined in ORS 169.005(5) and ORS 169.077.
Florence Police Department staff does not relay messages from citizens to inmates or from inmates to citizens. All visits are generally done only during normal business hours when there are 2 police officers on duty, but not during the meal periods or during arraignments. Inmates are provided with three dietician approved meals served daily by staff.
Florence Police Department Work Release Program:
Any sentenced prisoner of the Florence City Jail may make application for participation in the Florence City Jail Work Release Program. Work Release applications must be completed in advance. A ten-dollar ($10.00) non-refundable processing fee must be paid to the court prior to the jail processing the application. Cost to inmates approved for Work Release is ten-dollars ($10.00) per day and must be paid to the court before being released to their job.
Prior to approval and placement of any inmate in the Work Release Program, the following criteria must be met:
1. All applicants must meet the classification requirements for General Classification (violent offenses, domestic violence with abuse, escape, unauthorized departure and violation of no contact orders disqualify.)
2. Inmate must have proof of current employment for the past fourteen (14) days unless otherwise approved. This may be waived by the Chief of Police or his designee.
3. Inmates serving two (2) days or less will not be eligible, except by approval of the Chief of Police or his designee. Full payment of bill is required prior to work. 4. Self-employed applicants must provide their Oregon Employer’s Tax Number and a copy of the business’s tax records for the previous year.
4. Proof of Liability Insurance and valid operating license for the vehicle and person(s) that will be transporting the Inmate to and from work or the inmate themselves.
5. Proof of liability Insurance must be provided by the employer. If self-employed, must have Major Medical Insurance.
6. Inmate must be available for on-site supervision at an assigned job site.
7. Reasonable work hours and days (seven days per week and twelve hour days on a steady basis is not allowed.
The Florence Municipal Court may disqualify an applicant at time of sentencing. Only reasonable work hours and days are permitted. Work Release Applications meeting the above standards will be approved allowing the inmate to report the following day after incarceration. If application is not made prior, the applicant cannot reasonably expect to report to work the following day. Normal approval takes approximately one to two business days however applications are required to be submitted two (2) weeks prior to the commencement of incarceration. If an inmate is removed from Work Release for cause the inmate will not be considered for the program again during the period of incarceration. For further information contact the Administrative Assistant at 541 997-3515.
Florence Police Department Jail Facility Visitation Rules:
Visitation in the Florence Police Department Jail Facility will only be allowed by attorneys and clergy for the first 14 days of incarceration. Once an inmate has been in custody for 14 days they are permitted to have visits, unless this privilege is denied as a disciplinary action. The inmate has to provide the names of persons who they want to visit upon booking. Inmates may change the names but they must allow at least three business days for the change on the inmates visit list to occur.
Visitation shall be given only if requested during visitation times on Tuesdays and on Sundays by appointment only upon approval of the supervisor. There shall be no limit to the number of visits of an inmate with his attorney or clergy, however all others shall occur no more than one visit every week. Visits should be for no more than 30 minutes, but may be terminated earlier or extended later should the officer need to respond to a call for service in the community.
Lawyers and clergy visitors will be advised they may be subject to visual search, metal detection scanning, and outer garment search prior to entry into the facility to accommodate a visit. Should the visitor object to such search, then no visit will be permitted. The volunteer will visually inspect and use the metal detector wand to assure no weapons are allowed in the visitation room.
Only attorneys and clergy members may bring in a briefcase to assist them in their function as counsel for the inmate. Prior to entry the contents of the briefcase shall be inspected for weapons or other contraband. Department staff will not read any privileged documents. Should any attorney or clergy member object to such a search, then no visit will be permitted. Attorneys and clergy shall also be instructed that nothing is to be passed to the inmate without prior permission of the on-duty police officer. Attorneys and religious advisors will be given privacy during the visit and their conversation shall not be monitored or recorded at any time.
Any conduct of a visitor that is contrary to the security of the facility and/or the safety of the staff and inmates will result in the immediate termination of the visit and the responsible visitor will not be permitted any subsequent visits. Visitations of the family member and inmate may be monitored with conversations recorded.
No employee or volunteer of the Florence Police Department will receive or deliver written or verbal messages to or from an inmate.
Florence Police Department Inmate Written Correspondence Rules:
All written correspondence either received or sent by inmates will be examined except those written communications as specified in ORS 169.076(10), which includes correspondence to or from the inmate's attorney, the Governor, the court, the Chief of Police or Jail Administrator, the Attorney General or the Judge. The envelopes for these types of mail should be marked "Official Correspondence".
Should an inmate desire to mail letters, they will be provided one envelope per week and postage will be provided by the department for only one letter per week.
The inmates mailing address is as follows:
900 Greenwood Street
Florence, Oregon 97439
Each inmate will be required to include a complete return address on all outgoing mail. Inmates must use their name, which appears on our book-in records. Except for official correspondence, all envelopes must be left unsealed until which time the contents can be inspected.
All incoming mail will be inspected for contraband, moneys and prohibited publications. All checks, cash and/or money orders will be removed, documented on the inmate's Property Receipt and placed in the inmate's property. Prisoners may receive photographs which do not exceed 4" x 6" and which comply with rules concerning prohibited mail. "Official Correspondence" mail will be opened only in the presence of the inmate and only inspected for contraband.
• Mail that contains threats of physical harm, criminal activity, blackmail or extortion.
• Mail that concerns sending contraband into or out of our facility.
• Mail concerning escape plans, plans for criminal activity or plans for activities in violation of jail rules.
• Any mail written in code.
• Mail that contains information, which, if communicated, would create a clear and present danger of violence and physical harm to a person.
• Writings that pose a direct or immediate threat to the safety and security of the jail facility.
• Mail that contains contraband material.
• Any other mail which the Chief of Police, Jail Commander or supervisor feels poses a threat to the safety and security of the jail facility and/or inmates.
Censorship and Confiscated Mail: If any mail is censored or confiscated, the inmate will be notified in writing of this action within 48 hours. The inmate has a right to a hearing to contest this action within seven (7) days of censorship/confiscation and must be requested by an inmate, using the Inmate Request Form. If the inmate is requesting a hearing the hearing will be held and conducted by the Lieutenant of the Florence Police Department.
Florence Police Department Jail Facility Telephone Use Rules
Inmates may request use of the phone to make phone calls that are local only or collect. Florence Police Department staff will not relay any requests from people seeking calls from inmates.