County Jail

Staff: Rachel Reyna, Jail Commander
Phone:  (541) 473-5510
Fax:  (541) 473-5136
Mailing address: 151 "B" St. West
Vale, OR 97918
Location The jail is adjacent to the county courthouse.
Department at a glance: Incarceration of sentenced offenders and other suspects awaiting court procedures.


The Malheur County Correctional Facility is a component of the sheriff's office, under Sheriff Andrew P. Bentz. Lt. Aaron Hartman is the commander of the corrections division.

Completed in 1996, the Malheur County Correctional Facility is a modern, 105-bed facility that was designed and built for the county by the architectural firm of Lomard-Conrad and Wensel.

The staffing of the correctional facility is comprised of two sergeants, 11 corrections deputies, three law technicians and a food serivce director. A contracted physician's assistant, in addition to one full-time and on part-time nurse provide inmate medical service twice weekly.

Visiting Information

Visiting hours at the jail are Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with no exceptions. Arrangements for visitations can be made by calling (541) 473-5528 between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the same day visitation is desired. Picture identification is required. Visits can last up to 30 minutes with a maximum of two visitors per inmate, including an infant, child, relative or friend. Any visitor who is more than five minutes late will not be allowed to visit.

All visitors will be required to produce a valid form of picture identification (driver's license or ID card). The Malheur County Corrections personnel will keep this identification until the visit is completed. Personnel are not responsible for identification that is left after visitation periods. If you have no photo identification, you will not be allowed to visit. No one under age 18 may visit an inmate, unless accompanied by a family member who is over 18.

Dispatch or corrections personnel may terminate visitation at any time.

Bringing items for inmates

  • Family and friends may bring cash or cashier's checks to be deposited in the inmate's commissary account.
  • Family and friends may bring personal clothing for inmates going to trial.
  • Family and friends may bring underclothing. Inmates are allowed the following underclothing: three pair of underwear, three pair of socks, three plain T-shirts (with no writing on them) and three bras (without underwire).
  • Inmates being released from custody are required to take all personal property when they leave the facility. Any items that remain at the facility after 30 days will be disposed of. If the inmate is being transported to another agency, all personal property must be released prior to being transported. Inmates will not be able to take personal property, with the exception of legal mail, on the transport. It is the responsibility of the inmate to complete a property release form and have personal property released before leaving the facility.

Telephone access

Inmates in the Malheur Correctional Facility have access to collect call only telephones while in the day room from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Telephone calls are monitored by corrections facility staff and subject to termination at any time. Social calls to inmates are not accepted and messages are not relayed to inmates. People who have received unwanted collect calls from inmates may contact the sheriff's office at (541) 473-5125 to request a block on their telephone number.


  • All incoming mail is subject to inspection for contraband.
  • Inmates are responsible for their own writing and postage items. These items may be purchased through the commissary.
    • Inmates without sufficient funds will be provided with a limited amount of writing and postage items.
  • Letters to inmates should be addressed as follows:

Inmate Name
Malheur County Correctional Facility
151 "B" Street West
Vale, OR 97918
Letters without a complete mailing address will be refused and returned.

Court arraignments

In most cases, inmates will appear in court on the next scheduled day after being lodged in the Malheur County Correctional Facility, excluding weekends. Local "in custody" court arraignment times are: Monday through Friday beginning at 1 p.m.

Release information

The release deputy or designee can interview newly lodged inmates, with local charges, and help with questions regarding release. The deputies cannot help with legal questions regarding inmates.


Bail is 10 percent of the full security amount listed on the charges. The court will retain 15 percent, up to $200, of the deposit, for court costs, fines and restitution. The court may order the deposit forfeited to the State of Oregon if the inmate violates the conditions of release. For the bail to be refunded, an application must be made to the court, not the jail. No money will be refunded until all matters regarding the case(s) are completed in court.

  • Bail/Security is accepted seven days a week, 24 hours a day, including holidays.
  • Bail will be accepted in the form of cash only.