Snake River Correctional Institution

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Snake River Correctional Institution
Ontario is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Ontario is located in Oregon
Location in Oregon
LocationMalheur County, Oregon,
near Ontario
Coordinates44°04′44″N 117°03′58″W / 44.079°N 117.066°W / 44.079; -117.066Coordinates: 44°04′44″N 117°03′58″W / 44.079°N 117.066°W / 44.079; -117.066
Security classMedium with co-located Minimum
Opened1991; 32 years ago (1991)
Managed byODOC
WardenJamie Miller
Street address777 Stanton Boulevard
ZIP Code97914
CountryUnited States
WebsiteOregon prisons

Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) is a medium security prison in the western United States in eastern Oregon. The largest facility in the Oregon Department of Corrections system, it is located in unincorporated northeastern Malheur County,[1] about five miles (8 km) northwest of central Ontario, which is near the Snake River.


The state's prison siting committee selected the Ontario site in October 1989 for a medium security prison that could house up to 3,000 inmates, which Governor Neil Goldschmidt approved later in the month.[2][3] SRCI opened in August 1991 with 576 medium and 72 minimum security beds.

In 1994, the Oregon Legislature approved a $175 million expansion; built by Hoffman Construction, it was completed in 1998.[4] At the time, it was the largest public works project in the state's history.[5]


Currently, the prison houses 2,336 medium security beds, 154 minimum security beds, and 510 beds in specialized units such as administrative segregation, disciplinary segregation, intensive management, and the infirmary/hospice. It is staffed by approximately 900 employees.[6]

Among the prison industries housed at Snake River are a commercial call center,[7] a metal shop that manufactures road signs for the state, and a building trades program that manufactures small modular structures such as comfort stations and gatehouses for the state parks.

The elevation of the prison is approximately 2,480 feet (755 m) above sea level.

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  1. ^ "2020 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Malheur County, OR" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. p. 30 (PDF p. 31/176). Retrieved 2022-08-21. Snake River Correctional Instn
  2. ^ Carpenter Hale, Sally (October 14, 1989). "It's final: Prison site in Ontario". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 1A.
  3. ^ Ellis, Barnes C. (October 14, 1989). "Governor approves Ontario prison site". The Oregonian. p. A1.
  4. ^ Miller, Brian K. (March 28, 1999). "Hoffman strikes back at auditors". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  5. ^ Staff (2012), Issue Brief - 2012 Snake River Correctional Institution (PDF), Salem, Oregon: Oregon Department of Corrections, p. 1, retrieved 27 February 2013
  6. ^ Staff. "SRCI". DOC Operations Division: Prison. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  7. ^ Kramer, Andrew (February 28, 2004). "Prisons keep jobs in U.S. Call centers employ inmates, resist lure to move offshore". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 27 February 2013.

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