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Oregon Jail Standards

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My son is inmate in Washington County jail in Oregon. He has no pillow and requests of several deputies have been met with indifference. Is there an OSSA standard regarding a pillow and should he file a grievance?


 


I see that Or. Jail Standards are not followed by Or State Sheriff's Assn.

I am sorry to hear your son is going through this. Sadly, there is no law or regulation mandating prisoners receive pillows . There is no prison standard for mattresses or pillows and as such, legally, they cannot force a prison to provide pillows to the inmates. OSHA does not regulate prisons either and there is no regulation in the federal laws or the constitution that govern this issue. Thus, I am afraid that you can seek to provide him a pillow if the prison allows him to have personal property, but other than that I am afraid by law the prison does not have to provide him one.


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