Jail visitation area
Benton County Jail’s in-person visitation has resumed as of Friday. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The Benton County Jail is now allowing in-person visitation for adults in custody after a two-year suspension of access due to COVID-19, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office reported.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us, and that includes our AIC (adults in custody) population,” Sheriff Jef Van Arsdall said through a news release. “While we have had success with our tablet virtual visit services, we look forward to returning to a sense of normalcy at the jail.”

Neither vaccinations nor facemasks will be required for visitors to enter the facility.

The option to visit by phone is still available, BCSO added. Both types of communication will count toward an inmate’s number of allowed visits per week.

The full schedule and policy information can be found on the jail’s website.For more information on visitation times and rules, go online to the jail’s “Visiting an Inmate” section or call 541-766-6866.