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WI DOC - Oakhill Correctional Institution - Medical (OCI)

State Prison

Last Updated: May 05, 2020
5212 County Hwy M, Oregon, WI 53575-0140
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State - minimum
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WI DOC - Oakhill Correctional Institution - Medical (OCI) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 608-835-3101

The inmates housed at Oakhill Correctional located at 5212 County Hwy M in Oregon, WI are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

OCI is a minimum-security state prison located in Dane County Wisconsin. Originally this facility opened in 1941 as the Wisconsin School for Girls but was converted in 1976 to house adult males in a minimum custody setting. The current population here is about 685 inmates and this prison employs 265 people, 177 of which are security staff. The facility is surrounded by a 6,000-foot long stun fence to ensure the inmates stay secured. OCI offers pre-release programs to help prepare an offender for their discharge from the department of corrections. Additionally, this facility provides work to inmates through the Badger State Industries program, employing offenders in an upholstery/re-upholstery and refinishing operation. Technical training here includes horticulture, food preparation services, and various construction disciplines. Adult basic education and GED courses are also provided to inmates. Other programs at Oakhill include anger management, Narcotics/Alcoholics Anonymous, victim awareness, cognitive intervention programs, and parenting classes.

WI DOC - Oakhill Correctional Institution - Inmate Information

The purpose of OCI is to maintain the safe and secure custody of minimum security offenders in a responsive, supportive, equitable and quality environment. The primary emphasis is to prepare offenders for release into the community by providing education, treatment programs, work release opportunities and pre-release programming.

Institution Information - OCI was originally opened as the Wisconsin School for Girls in June 1941. It is listed as a historical site in the State Historical Society Register. OCI also operates the Security Unit at UW Hospitals and Clinics. This is a maximum security 10-bed in-patient unit, where inmates for all Wisconsin correctional facilities are sent for specialized medical care.

The “lifecycle” of an inmate’s incarceration is comprised of three basic components, beginning at intake and continuing through their release into the community.
Reception, Orientation and Assessment
Dodge Correctional Institution (male) and Taycheedah Correctional Institution (female) function as the primary reception or intake sites within the adult prison system. During the intake processes, inmates will be oriented regarding numerous matters, such as:
• Security expectations - institution rules, movement, property regulations, and other safety issues.
• Daily living expectations - hygiene, meals, housekeeping, mail, phone calls, and visiting.
• Business matters - inmate accounts, restitution and other legal obligations, canteen, legal loans, and money transactions.
A primary function of intake is Assessment and Evaluation. Inmates are evaluated by Health Services, Psychological Services, and Classification. This process takes approximately eight weeks. At the conclusion, an Initial Classification staffing is conducted. This staffing determines inmate custody, program assignments, and recommended site placements. After the staffing decision is approved, if a site other than the intake site is selected, inmate transfer will occur as soon as space is available at the receiving site.

Options and Opportunities During Incarceration
When an inmate arrives at his or her assigned facility, they are provided with information about programs available to them while incarcerated.
Aside from primary education, treatment and skills training programs, many other activities are available to inmates during incarceration. These vary by facility and may include:
• Community Service
• Parenting
• Vermaculture
• Dog Training
• Recovery Support Groups
• Veterans Assistance
• Gardening
• Recreation
• Visiting
• Hobby/Craft Activities
• Religious Study & Services
• Work Assignments
• Music
• Restorative Justice
The DOC is a "Local Education Agency," which can be defined as a public authority legally recognized as an administrative agency for public elementary or secondary education. Within the DOC, the Division of Adult Institutions offers Adult Basic Education (ABE) and Career Technical Education (CTE/Vocational) programs at 18 correctional institutions and nine correctional centers for eligible inmates who are identified as having an academic or vocational need.

The ABE program includes General Education Development (GED); High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED); and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. The CTE/Vocational Program includes 23 vocational areas of study, with 13 possible apprenticeship opportunities. As of July 2016, the DOC has added post-secondary educational opportunities for associate and bachelor degree programs, in collaboration with the state's technical college system and four-year colleges and universities. For more information on ABE and CTE/Vocational programs, please see Opportunities and Options Resource Guide, which is available in both English and Spanish.

Screenings and assessments intended to evaluate an inmate’s educational literacy levels and needs are completed as part of DAI’s overall Assessment and Evaluation for Primary Education.
Adult Basic Education (ABE) Programs
• English as a Second Language
• General Education Development (GED)
• High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED)
Career Technical Education (CTE)/Vocational Programs
• Auto Maintenance
• Barbering and Cosmetology
• Braille Transcription
• Building Maintenance and Construction
• Cabinetry and Cabinet Making
• Commercial Bakery
• Computer-Assisted Drafting
• Computer Help Desk
• Computer Literacy
• Computer Numerical Controls
• Culinary Arts and Food Service
• Custodial Services
• Industrial Maintenance Mechanics
• Horticulture
• Institution Food Production
• Machine Tool Operations
• Masonry
• Motorcycle, Marine, and Outdoor Products
• Multi-Operational Aide
• Office Assistant/Aide
• Office Software Applications
• Printing
• Welding

Preparing for Release
The overall goal of pre-release planning is to assist inmates in their preparation for returning to their communities by:
• Providing individualized release planning with an assigned social worker, in connection with an assigned DCC probation and parole agent.
• Encouraging and establishing positive contact with family and/or other support systems to initiate, maintain, and finalize release planning.
• Establishing appropriate post-release residency and treatment plans, as needed.
• Offering options for post-release employment and/or educational opportunities.
• Providing referrals and resources for assistance throughout the pre-release process.
• Encouraging participants to take personal responsibility for his/her actions now and in the future.

Inmate Locator

WI DOC - Oakhill Correctional Institution - Medical (OCI) is a facility in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

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Visitation Information

WI DOC - Oakhill Correctional Institution - Visitation

General Population Visiting Hours
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

General Population Inmates are allowed a total of three (3) visits per week and three (3) hours per visit. The scheduled visit week begins Wednesday and ends on Sunday. There are no visits on Mondays or Tuesdays unless that day is a Holiday. Please verify with the inmate prior to visitation if he has met his limit so that you will lessen your chance for denial. From the three (3) visits allowed per week, there is a limit of one visit per day and only one visit per weekend.

Restrictive Housing Visiting Hours (One (1) Hour Length Limit):
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

TLU (Temporary Lock Up) inmates are allowed three (3) visits per visit week with only one visit per weekend. Disciplinary Separation inmates are allowed one (1) visit per visit week. Control or Observation visitation requires HSU or Psychological Services approval.


The following guidelines are established to provide information to persons intending to enter Oakhill Correctional Institution. Please read these guidelines carefully.

Visitor Parking
* Park in lined parking spaces only. When winter parking is in effect, park on the appropriate side for the day.
* Vehicles must be parked in the lot with windows rolled up and doors locked. Visitors and non-visitors may not wait in the parking lot during visitation. Non-visitors who drive visitors to OCI for visitation must work out a time to pick up the visitor(s) after their visit.
* No weapons, alcohol, or illegal drugs are allowed on state property.
* Pets are not allowed on state property.
* Move directly to and from vehicles when entering and leaving the institution.
* Anyone who is denied entrance to visitation shall leave state grounds.
* Verbal communication, waving, sounding, and/or blinking headlights to signal inmates are prohibited. * Disabled/stalled vehicles must be attended to and/or removed as soon as possible. Vehicles left on state property for over 48 hours will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Prohibited Items
* Weapons.
* Illegal Drugs.
* Alcohol.
* Tobacco and related products.
* Matches and lighters.
* Cell phones, pagers, or other electric equipment.
* Internet “smart” technology and electronic recording equipment in any form.
* Pets or other animals, except for those required as service animals for persons with disabilities.
* Purses, backpacks, etc.
* Cameras and video recorders.
* Food items.
* Reading materials or other papers without prior approval.
* Children’s books, games, and toys. (Items are provided in the children’s play area)
* Visitors may not bring in any items for an inmate.
* Watches.

Institution Counts during Visits
Official institution counts during visits occur at 5:40 PM (Wed-Fri) and 12:10 PM (Sat, Sun, Holiday). If visitors arrive within ten (10) minutes before these count times inmates will not be available for their visit until after count clears.

Registration Procedure
Upon your arrival in the Lobby of OCI you must first check in with visiting staff. Only persons on the inmate’s approved visiting list are authorized to visit. Request for an exception to the approved visitors list shall be directed to the Social Worker ten (10) working days prior to the anticipated visit. You will not be permitted to stay or loiter in the Lobby unless you are waiting to enter the institution. Securable lockers are provided in the Lobby for your car keys and ID cards and you will retain the key for the locker. Individuals are to conduct themselves in an appropriate and courteous manner and comply with rules and instructions. The Shift Supervisor has the authority to deny visiting privileges to anyone who appears to be under the influence of intoxicants, liquor, drugs, or in the possession of a weapon. Any money for deposit in an inmate’s account must be mailed in with the inmate’s name and number through the U.S. Mail via a money order. The maximum number of visitors per visit is six (6), not including children, unless prior arrangements have been made through the Security Director or designee. Visitors may visit one (1) inmate per day. Inmates who are related, either naturally or through marriage, and whose related status is documented, will be allowed joint visits with the approval of the Corrections Program Supervisors, Warden or designee. Attorneys and clergy members shall be allowed to visit Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with prior approval from the Correctional Program Supervisors or Deputy Warden.

Individuals age 16 and over will be required to provide valid picture identification. Valid picture identification is considered to be non-expired and non-voided. Acceptable forms of ID include: valid state driver’s license; valid passport or visa; valid Department of Transportation ID; valid Military ID; or valid tribal ID (if it provides photo). Any person under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is on the approved visiting list, and visiting the same inmate, unless the visitor is the legal spouse of the inmate.

Metal Detector
All persons, with the exception of Department of Corrections’ employees and Law Enforcement Officers, must pass through and clear the metal detector. Visitors will be permitted three (3) attempts to successfully pass metal detection. Failure to pass metal detection will result in denial of entrance into the institution. In order to expedite the entrance process, visitors should avoid wearing clothing with metal attached (e.g., buckles, snaps, metal buttons, etc.). It is also recommended that visitors refrain from wearing excessive jewelry. The metal detector is also sensitive to metal contained in undergarments. It is the visitors’ responsibility to clear the metal detector. Visitors with pacemakers or other medical implants, which will affect the metal detector, must have their doctor mail verification, (DOC – 2424 Visitor Requesting Accommodations) to the OCI Security Director at least one week prior to their initial visit to allow time for entrance approval to be available in the Lobby. It is the visitor’s responsibility to inform the institution of a disability requiring special accommodations. This includes accommodation requests necessary to enter the institution and for the duration of the visit. Information on forms to verify accommodation may be obtained by calling the Security Supervisor’s office. (DOC – 2424 Visitor Requesting Accommodations)

Allowable Items
Only the following items may be brought into the facility by inmate visitors, should they pass inspection:
* Money, not to exceed $20.00 for each visitor in a clear plastic bag (zip lock, etc.).
* Comb, pick or brush, limited to one for each visitor.
* Up to two (2) baby blankets for each child.
* Up to four (4) diapers for each child. Diaper bags are not allowed.
* Up to two (2) plastic baby bottles for each child.
* One (1) hand held baby seat for each child. * Diaper wipes must be kept in a clear plastic bag.
* One (1) pacifier for each child. All baby items shall be kept in a clear plastic bag provided by OCI staff.
* One (1) coat and one (1) pair of gloves for each visitor.
* Headwear (provided it does not conceal identity).
* One (1) facility locker key.
* Medically necessary medications such as but not limited to, inhalers, nitroglycerin, and epi-pens must be shown to the visiting staff immediately upon registering for approval.

Dress Code
The inmate visitors dress code listed below has been developed to ensure a safe and secure institution visiting area that is appropriate, refined, and conducive to a natural family environment. Failure to comply with the following guidelines will result in denial of entrance or removal from Oakhill Correctional Institution.
* Transparent or translucent clothing.
* Shorts that are shorter than fingertip length with the visitor standing with proper posture, arms straight down, fingers extended.
* Skirts and dresses shorter than fingertip length plus tree inches with the visitor standing with proper posture, arms straight down, fingers extended.
* Tops and dresses that are strapless, tube or halter style.
* Camisoles and tank tops are only permissible when worn under other attire.
* Tops and dresses that expose the midriff (front and/or back).
* Spandex or Spandex-like and Lycra or Lycra-like clothing. Tights or leggings of this material may be worn under attire of appropriate length as identified in this section.
* Exposed undergarments.
* Clothing with revealing holes, tears, or slits.
* Clothing or accessories with obscene or profane writing, images, or pictures.
* Alcohol and Gang-related clothing, headwear, shoes, logos or insignias.
* Any clothing that may have the potential to cause undue attention.
* These clothing restrictions apply equally to men, women and children. Conduct in the Visiting Area

Inappropriate conduct by visitors and inmates (including children) may result in termination of the respective visit and/or suspension of visiting privileges dependent on the severity of the inappropriate conduct. It is the inmate’s responsibility to provide visiting regulations to their visitors.
* Seating shall be assigned by the Visiting Room Officer. Permission from the Visiting Room Officer shall be received prior to any change in seating. Furniture will not be moved. Visitors and inmates shall at all times sit in an upright position during the visit and shall not place legs or feet on furniture.
* Oakhill Correctional Institution promotes visiting in a family environment. Therefore, sexual conduct of any type is not permitted.
* Visitors and inmates shall be allowed to embrace and kiss briefly at the beginning and end of the visit.

Unrestrained or inappropriate displays of affection shall not be permitted. During the visit, hand holding is the only physical contact allowed and hands shall be above the table, clearly visible to the visiting officer. At the end of the visit, inmates shall wait to be excused from their tables. Inmates are not allowed to escort their visitor to the exit of the visiting room.
* Inmates and their visitors shall not be permitted to visit with other inmates and/or other visitors.
* Visitors shall change children's diapers in the visitor's bathroom only.
* Combing or braiding of another person's hair while in the visiting area is not permitted.
* Appropriate clothing and footwear shall be worn at all times.
* Inmates shall be responsible for cleaning the tables and immediate area prior to the end of their visit. * Visitors and inmates shall avoid loud talking and boisterous behavior and noise levels shall be kept to a minimum to accommodate all visitors.
* No articles, money or other items shall be given to an inmate on a visit.
* Visitors shall not be permitted to receive anything from an inmate with intent to convey items out of the institution without permission.
* Inmates shall be permitted, for brief periods of time, to hold their children under the age of 5, who are visiting him.
* The responsible adult visitor shall escort and supervise their children to and from the restroom.
* The adult visitor shall be responsible for supervising children throughout the visit and for their safety at OCI.

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Facility Type

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is responsible for the operation of WI DOC - Oakhill Correctional Institution - Medical (OCI) where they supervise adults convicted of a state crime and then sentenced to a commitment period by the County or Circuit Judge. The penalty phase of the commitment is the length of the sentence imposed and what type of facility they will spend their time in. Once the inmate is taken into custody there is an orientation period where the offender is evaluated medically and psychologically. The results of their findings will have everything to do with the level of custody the prisoner will be incarcerated.

State prison is also referred to as a correctional facility, penitentiary or detention center and is a facility in which inmates are forcibly confined and denied a variety of freedoms under the authority of the state. Convicted criminals are sent to prison as punishment and must follow very strict rules of conduct and order or they are held to additional punishment like loss of privileges or isolation. The address is 5212 County Hwy M, Oregon, WI located in Dane County.

There is a fundamental difference between jail and prison. It has everything to do with the length of stay for inmates; jail is short-term and prison is long-term. Jail is most commonly used within a criminal justice system for people charged with crimes who must be imprisoned until their trial, or those pleading or being found guilty of crimes at trial may be sentenced to a specified short period of imprisonment. Jails are usually run by local law enforcement county sheriff and/or local government police agencies.

Because prisons are designed for long-term incarceration, they are better developed for the living needs of their populations. State prison offers the inmate a more regular, routine life, the wider range of programs, better facilities and generally better food. The DOC has a bevy of disciplines for which an offender may be classified, they are Reception Centers, High Security (Males), General Population (Males), and Female Offenders.

State prison is very much like a town inside a town. There is a mayor (the warden - call 608-835-3101 for information), a store (the commissary), housing (cells), medical care (infirmary), library (law, education and lending), civic organizations (clubs), worship (chapel), a park (the recreation yard), a cafeteria (chow hall), police (correctional staff), a jail (disciplinary segregation unit, the SHU, the hole), laws (administrative rules), judges (hearings officers), and the inmates all have a job that keeps the institution operational.

There is no privacy in prison - inmates dress, shower, and use the bathroom in the company of other inmates.  Inmates are required to make their bunks and keep their personal possessions neat; All inmates wear identical clothing and must carry their identification card with them at all times.; Most possessions allowed must be purchased from the canteen; Meal times are assigned and inmates have a short time to eat and depart the chow hall, there are no seconds; Inmates are subject to searches of their person and/or cell at any time; All movements of inmates from one area to another are tightly choreographed, monitored and supervised to avaid any incidents between location changes.

Custody/Security Level

WI DOC - Oakhill Correctional Institution - Medical (OCI) is a minimum security state prison located at 5212 County Hwy M in Oregon, WI operated by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. This institution is considered the best situation to be in if you have to be incarcerated. Inmates assigned to minimum security prisons generally pose the least risk to public safety. Inmates live in dormitories on a campus that resembles a school more than a prison. Inmates must have less than 8 years on their sentence, be non-violent with a clear disciplinary history to qualify for minimum designation. There is much less supervision of inmate movement within the prison than at any other custody level.

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How To Send Things

There are strict procedures for everything related to "sending things to an inmate" in a State - minimum facility. This includes sending money for commissary packages, sending mail like letters with photos, magazine subscriptions, buying phone time, postcards and greeting cards, and even distance learning courses (get your degree, you've got a lot of extra time). You also need to know about visitation, what are the hours and rules.

All of the information you could ever need to know is below, patiently scroll the page and get as much information about WI DOC - Oakhill Correctional Institution - Medical (OCI) that you'd ever want to know. If there is anything that you were looking for, but don't see, please email us at aid@inmateaid.com.

How To Send Money:

How to Send an Inmate Money in Wisconsin

These are general guidelines for sending money to an inmate's commissary account. Inmates need money to access several privileges like weekly shopping at the commissary, making phone calls, using the email service where offered, using the electronic tablets where offered and paying their co-pay when needing the medical or dental services.

What is a Commissary?

A commissary is a store within the correctional institution. Commissary day is usually held once a week and can only be enjoyed if the inmate has funds in their commissary account. An inmate's commissary account is like a bank account within the prison. If the inmate has a job, their paycheck is deposited into this account, too.

The Commissary sells various products that the inmates may purchase if they have money on their books. The commissary sells clothing, shoes, snacks and food, as well as hygienic products like soap, shampoo, and shavers. The commissary might also sell entertainment-related products like books, magazines, televisions, radios, playing cards, headphones, MP3 players, electronic tablets like an iPad (no internet access), songs and educational programming.

How you send money to an inmate?

Sending money to an inmate varies from state to state, depending if it is county, state or federal, their ways of accepting money for inmates’ changes by the money transfer company they’ve contracted with.

Federal Prisons and some state-level prisons have centralized banking systems which means that you do not need to know where they are specifically, just that they are in the state systems of for instance the California, Texas, Florida DOC or the FBOP to name a few.

Some facilities will allow you to deposit cash through the lobby window stand-alone kiosk in the lobby or visitation room. Most facilities will also accept a postal money order mailed to the institution’s inmate mailing address made payable to the full inmate’s name.

Electronic banking allows friends and family members to send the funds online, and correctional departments are starting to favor this method because it is less work for staff and more accurate/easier to keep track of, as well as being more convenient.

Regardless of the method of sending funds, there are several key things you will need to know:
• Inmate’s full committed name
• Inmate’s ID number
• Inmate’s location – or a system like the federal BOP

Before sending any funds you should find out what online transfer companies the institution your inmate is incarcerated in uses. You can find this information on our site by navigating to the facilities page click on the Money Transfer button under the address and phone number. Pay close attention to the rules of the facility. Sometimes they will require money senders are on the inmate's visitation list. Some correctional facilities have a deposit limit, like $200-300 at a time, but in federal, there is no limit.

Some of the money transfer firms are MoneyGram, JPay, OffenderConnect, Access Corrections, JailATM, CommissaryDeposit

Who else can access the money you send?

An inmate with fines or restitution will be subject to commissary/trust account garnishment. If the inmate has these financial obligations, they will be extracted from the inmate’s bank account. It may be a percentage or the entire amount depending on the situation. We recommend inmates who are going into their bid contact the counselor and make an arrangement beforehand. If you go in knowing they are taking 20-25% of all deposits is better than have them take it all and you find out in the commissary line when the account is zero.

Why is my inmate asking for more than I normally send?

This is generally a signal that the inmate is doing something they shouldn’t and need money to get them out of or through a situation. It could be gambling, it could be extortion it could be other things you don’t need to know on this forum (for now). Set boundaries with your inmate. Tell them that “this is the amount I can send each month” and that is it. There are no extras beyond the boundary. Also, NEVER send money to the account of another inmate on your inmate’s instruction. This is a sign that something is not right. If the corrections people discover this, and they do more times than not, it will result in some severe disciplinary action to the inmate, and certainly the loss of all privileges.

Who can I call if I suspect something?

We recommend speaking with the counselor or case manager of the facility and use a generic reference in the event that your suspicions are wrong. You needn’t put them in a more difficult position if they are.

How do I send money using MoneyGram?

Inmate Care Packages:

How to Buy Inmate Commissary Care Packages Online

Show your loved one how much you care – order a package today! The facilities usually have a weekly limit of about $100 per inmate, plus processing and tax. The orders do NOT count towards the inmates weekly commissary allowances Deposits can be made online for inmates 24/7 using a credit/debit card

There are also a few services that allow you how to order inmate commissary online. These trusted providers are approved and share revenue with the prisons from the sales to the inmates.

Here is a list of other similar programs prison commissary: Keefe Group, Access Securpak, iCareGifts, Union Supply Direct, Walkenhorst's, CareACell

Inmate Commissary:

What is Inmate Commissary?

Prison commissary (also sometimes referred to as inmate canteen) is a store for inmates housed within a correctional facility. While the very most basics may be provided for by a given correctional department, there are also other important goods/services that Florida prisoners and inmates must buy. For instance, supplies such as supplementary food, female hygiene products, books, writing utensils and a plethora of other things are examples of things that can be purchased as part of an inmate commissary packages for goods.

What is an Inmate trust account?

When you add money to an inmate account, the prison funds are stored on an inmate trust fund. This prison account basically acts as a personal bank account of an inmate. They will use this account to make Inmate Calls, pay for postage to Send Photos from Inmates, send emails from inmates, purchase Items from Commissary, receive wages from jobs, and more.

How To Send Mail:

This is how to send your inmate at WI DOC - Oakhill Correctional Institution - Medical (OCI) letters, photos, postcards, greeting cards and magazines

Incoming and outgoing inmate mail is subject to inspection for the presence of contraband that might threaten the safety, security or well-being of the jail/facility, its staff, and residents. Inmates may receive only metered, unstamped, plain white postcards no larger than 4" x 6" as mail. Writing must be in pencil or blue or black ink. Any other mail will be returned to the sender. If no return address is available, unauthorized mail will be stored in the inmate's locker until the inmate's release.

Inmate mail cannot contain any of the following: Create an immediate threat to jail order by describing the manufacture of weapons, bombs, incendiary devices, or tools for escape that realistically are a danger to jail security; Advocate violence, racial supremacy or ethnic purity; No current inmate-to-inmate mail will be allowed and will be destroyed.

The easiest workaround is to look over the mailing services of InmateAid. We have an automated system for sending your loved one that special message or picture. We send thousands of pieces of mail per month with NO issues with the prisons or jails. The envelopes display the InmateAid logo, the mail room knows for certain that the contents will not be compromising. This trust was established in 2012.

How To Send Greeting Cards and Postcards:

Greeting cards are great for the holidays and birthdays. The ones from the store often have more than just the message because the policies surrounding appropriate content (no nudity or sexually suggestive material no matter how funny), and they cannot have glitter, stickers or anything else that makes the card different from a normal plain old card. Instead of going to the Hallmark store in the mall and looking around for hours - go to our easy to search Greeting Cards service.

It takes literally 45 seconds and it's very affordable for what you're getting (and what they are getting, too!). Select from 100s of birthday, anniversary and every holiday you can think of, and VERY easy to send from your phone on InmateAid:

Don't forget Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Passover, Easter, Kwanzaa or Valentine's Day!

In less than a minute and only $0.99, this act of kindness will be worth a million to your inmate. If you have a picture or two and don't want to write a long letter. Type out a little love in the message box and send your latest selfie... only 99 cents!

Don't wait until the moment has passed, it's easy and convenient to let them know you're thinking of them at every moment.

How To Send magazines and Books:

Send magazines to WI DOC - Oakhill Correctional Institution - Medical (OCI) at 5212 County Hwy M, Oregon, WI

Send the best magazines and books to your Inmate in jail or prison, it's the gift that keeps on giving all year round, There is nothing more exciting to an inmate (besides their release date) than getting their favorite magazine every month at mail call.

Magazines and books must come directly from the publisher. You are not allowed to send single magazines in an envelope. They need to come directly from the publisher with your inmate's name affixed to the address label. Magazine subscriptions are easy to set up, it takes literally 2 minutes.

You know when you go into the grocery and browse the new magazines on display? You see hundreds. Inside they place a little card that if you fill it out and send it in with your inmate's name, ID number and facility address - you drop it in the mail and in 8-12 weeks your inmate gets an issue every month for a whole year. Thankfully, there is an easier way, just CLICK here and browse yourself. Select a title or two and add your inmate's name to the order. It's fast, it's reliable and it's at a discounted rate for your convenience.

How To Save Money on Inmate Calls

The prison phone companies have a monopoly at the facility they have a contract with. Profits are shared so there is no incentive for their representatives to show you how to save money. They post their rates and in almost every case, there are at least two pricing tiers. Depending on where you are and where your inmate is, the type of phone number you use will make all the difference.

In federal prison, the answer is simply that a new local number will change your inmate's call rate from $.21 per minute to only $.06 per minute. Fed gives you only 300 minutes per month, the local line service is only $5.00, no hidden fees or bundling of other unwanted service charges

For the other facilities that are not federal, it used to be that a local number was the answer. Now, its market intelligence and InmateAid has made it their business to know what the best deal is in every scenario. And we can tell you that in 30% of the cases, we cannot save you a penny - and neither can anyone else. But we will give you a refund if we can't save you money.

For more specific information on inmate calls, you will want to navigate to the facility your inmate is incarcerated in through our site by going to Prison Directory and following the links to the Discount Telephone Service - get an honest estimate before you buy.

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