Administration of State Institutions

ORS 179.375
Chaplaincy services


The Department of Corrections and the Oregon Health Authority shall ensure that adequate chaplaincy services, including but not limited to Protestant and Roman Catholic, are available at their respective institutions.


Chaplains serving the various institutions shall, with respect to the adults in custody or patients at such institutions:


Provide for and attend to their spiritual needs.


Visit them for the purpose of giving religious and moral instruction.


Participate in the rehabilitation programs affecting them. [1963 c.554 §2; 1987 c.320 §121; 2009 c.595 §135; 2013 c.36 §43; 2019 c.213 §124]

Notes of Decisions

Claim that state violated establishment clause of U.S. Constitution by applying this section to require that Catholic priest be chaplain on staff of Oregon State Prison was moot where court had no jurisdiction to hear issue because prisoner was no longer in prison; prospective relief could not help him and thus claim could not be remedied by declaratory and injunctive relief. U.S. v. Bogard, 846 F2d 563 (1988)

Where prisoner brought civil rights action alleging violation of free exercise and establishment clauses of First Amendment and claimed application of this section violated establishment clause, issue moot where prisoner no longer in prison. Reimers v. State of Or., 863 F 2d 630 (9th Cir. 1988)

Attorney General Opinions

Interpretation of phrase “including but not limited to Protestant and Roman Catholic,” (1978) Vol 38, p 1929


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