ORS 179.375¹
Chaplaincy services

(1) 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.

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

(a) Provide for and attend to their spiritual needs.

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

(c) 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)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

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

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 179—Administration of State Institutions, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors179.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 179, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano179.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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