All About Oshkosh Correctional Institution

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What You Should Know About Oshkosh Correctional Institution

Do you have a friend or family member imprisoned at ? If they were only recently transferred to OSCI, you might not know where to begin when you want to get in contact with them.

Let's take a look at how to connect with an OSCI inmate by following the Wisconsin Department of Corrections often confusing protocols, and how to take convenient yet still shortcuts with DoNotPay.

About Oshkosh Correctional Institution

is located just a few minutes from the interchange between highways 41 and 45 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Opened in September 1986, the medium-security prison houses more than 2000 inmates, quite a bit more than the facility's stated capacity of 1494 beds.

Physical address1730 W Snell Rd, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Phone(920) 231-4010
Fax(920) 236-2615

(920) 236-2626

WebsiteDOC Oshkosh Correctional Institution (
WardenCheryl Eplett

How to Locate an Inmate Within Wisconsin's Department of Corrections

Before you can get in touch with an inmate at Oshkosh or send them funds, you'll have to have their DOC ID number and know where they're imprisoned. You can find this information by filling out the Wisconsin DOC's online Offender Locator form.

  1. Type into your browser
  2. Agree to the privacy statements
  3. Fill out as much information as you can, including the inmate:
  • name
  • Race
  • Known aliases
  • Birth year or age ranges
  • Gender
  • Pre-incarceration address
  1. Click "Search", located in the lower right-hand corner

This form will produce all publicly-available information about the inmate, including the name of the prison where they are incarcerated, and their Department of Corrections ID number.

Help Your OSCI Inmate Stay in Touch by Sending Money

The only way to send money to an Oshkosh Correctional Institution is by depositing money into a third-party funding system called Access Corrections. Here's how:

  1. Transfer money online at
  2. Call 866-345-1884 to transfer money through Access Corrections by phone.
  3. Deposit funds by mail to Access Corrections: personal check, money order, or cashier's check to Access Corrections:
  • Make a personal check, money order, or bank cashier's check payable to "Access Secure Deposits" (a partner of Access Corrections).
  • Be sure to add the inmate's DOC number on the form of payment.
  • Print, fill out and include this deposit form
  • The writing on the form, payment instrument, and envelope must be legible and written in black or blue ink
  • DO NOT include anything other than the payment and deposit form in the envelope.
  • Mail the payment to Secure Deposits – Wisconsin DOC, P.O. Box 12486, St Louis, MO 63132
  1. Locate a walk-in deposit location through Access Corrections partner program Cash Pay Today at These locations accept cash only for these transactions.

Getting in Touch by Telephone

Inmates can't receive incoming calls, but once they have funds in their account, they can make outbound calls to friends and family on an approved list.

Mailing Letters to Inmates at Oshkosh Correctional Facility

While inmates can't accept incoming phone calls, you can write to an incarcerated person at OSCI once you have the inmate's DOC number. You can send your letters to:

  • Inmate Name + ID Number
  • ​Oshkosh Correctional Institution
  • PO Box 3310
  • Oshkosh, WI 54903-3310

If you'd like more information on addressing and sending mail to OSCI inmates, including the rules that apply to packages, you'll find it here. Do you want to support an inmate who doesn't have many (or any) outside connections? This website will help you find a pen pal at the prison of your choosing.

Facts About OSCI Inmate Visitation

Visitation at OSCI requires that friends and family follow stringent guidelines, including:

  1. Inmates must approve those who wish to be added to their visitor list.
  2. All potential visitors must fill out an application for OSCI approval.
  3. The inmate is responsible for sending the application (DOC-21AA Visitor Questionnaire) to prospective visitors.
  4. All visitors younger than 18 years must be in the company of an approved adult unless the minor is the inmate's spouse.
  5. All visitors older than 15 must show proof of identification, which may include:
  • Valid driver's license
  • Valid visa or passport
  • Valid government or tribal I.D.

Important Information About the Oshkosh Correctional Facility Visitor Dress Code:

All visitors, including children, must adhere to OSCI's strict dress code policy. These items are not allowed:

  • Tank tops, unless they're covered by another layer
  • Wristwatches
  • Shorts and skirts that aren't at least three inches beyond the wearer's fingertips when standing
  • See-through (or translucent) clothing
  • Gang insignias or colors
  • Clothing printed with profanity
  • Exposed undergarments, including bra straps
  • Exposed midriffs or backs
  • Clothes with holes or slits revealing skin

OSCI notes that as a general rule, any clothing that "may have the potential to cause undue attention" is prohibited.

Get in Touch With Your Loved Ones via DoNotPay

When you're ready to connect with an inmate at —or any U.S. prison—we can help in just a few easy steps:

  1. Locate the Connect With an Inmate service on DoNotPay.

  2. Choose whether you want to locate a loved one, create a virtual mailbox, or send a personalized letter.

  3. If you want us to find your loved one, provide his or her personal details and the state they are located in. We'll then conduct a search on the appropriate state database.

  4. If you want to create a virtual mailbox, just provide your full name! We'll set one up for you so you can easily receive incoming mail from your loved one.

  5. If sending a personalized letter, tell us which facility your loved one is located in and what you would like to say to them. You can even include a photo! Your letter will be delivered automatically - just wait 10 days for it to arrive to your loved one!

Let DoNotPay Serve as Your Inmate Liaison

After reading all the rules, regulations, and procedures for contacting an inmate at Oshkosh Correctional Institution through official channels, you might want to give up. That's why DoNotPay is the best choice for friends and families who want to be a lifeline to their incarcerated loved ones. We're:

  • Fast: We can get you connected in a fraction of the time it would take you on your own.
  • Easy: We'll get you in touch in just a few simple steps.
  • : Our automated system works within the prison's regulations… we just get it done more efficiently.

Let's get started now, so you can be reunited with your favorite OSCI inmate today.

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