VISITING OSHAN

The whole approval process will take  5 days to two weeks.

Here are the steps:

 

  1. Visit this link to download the visitor information form. http://www.bop.gov/policy/forms/BP_A0629.pdf
  2. Print the form
  3. The form should be filled out all the way.
    1. For"Address / Visitors Address" enter visitor's name and address.
    2. For"Institution" enter "Taft CI".
    3. Enter the date.
    4. For"Re:" enter "Oshan Cook 14619-111"
    5. For"Dear:" it should have visitors name.
    6. 3-Include a photocopy of your ID
  4. Mail it to:
    1. B. Pait, A4C Counselor
      PO Box 7000
      Taft, CA 93268
  5. The prison will do a background check on applicants and notify Oshan if you are approved or not. It is very important that you answer all questions truthfully. They will check your criminal record and if it differs from your application answers, you may be banned from visiting forever.
  6. Oshan will notify you when you have been approved

Taft Correctional Camp

physical address is:
1500 Cadet Rd, Taft, CA 93268

Helpful information about the area

Oshan really lights up when he has visitors! If you're planning on visiting him, here is some helpful information about visiting the Taft area: 

The Holland Inn and Suites is by far the best motel in town. Very nice rooms, very reasonable rates, and 10 minutes from the prison. Go towww.hollandinnsuites.com and they will give you a phone number for making reservations. It's best to make reservations by phone. In case it doesn't come up the number is 1-661-763-5211. Taft is actually a very friendly town.
 Here are some good places to eat: 
Asian Experience (great Thai food) 215 Center St. 1-661-763-1815. There's a nice dinner house called OT Cookhouse 205 N. 10th Street 1-661-763-1819. And a good Mexican restaurant, Original Hacienda Grill 1015 4th St. 1-661-763-1655. 
For camping there is the Tule Elk Wildlife Preserve which is 30 miles from the prison. If you're interested in in camping there, send Stevie Cook a personal message ( https://www.facebook.com/stevie.cook.16?fref=ts&ref=br_tf ) He knows the people who run it and they will offer free camping to anyone visiting Oshan. It can actually be a fun little trip! 


Visit Times:


Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Federal holidays 8am to 3pm each of these days
It is best not to arrive between 9:30 am &10:30 am and no visitors can arrive later than 1:30pm.
In general, Fridays and Saturdays will be the best days to visit(Oshan’s preferences), although there may be times when a Sunday visit is ok.

Visiting Area and Rules


- There is an indoor visiting area and an outdoorvisiting area with picnic tables.
- Handshaking, an embrace, and a kiss within the bounds ofgood taste, are permitted at the beginning and at the end of the visit. Theonly physical contact allowed during visiting is the holding of hands.
- visitors can visit multiple times over a weekend
- 6 visitors may visit at a time, includingchildren.
- Children under 18 must be accompanied by aresponsible adult.
- Visitors may enter the visiting room atdifferent times.
- All visitors and their property are subjectto search any time while on institution
property.
- Visitors may bring the following intovisiting room: A small see-through wallet or change purse. Up to $20 in cash.
- Visitors with children may bring no more than3 diapers and 2 baby bottles into visiting room.
- Visitors can purchase soft drinks and fooditems to consume in visiting room but cannot take with them.
- No electronics and No loitering outside
- Unauthorized visitors cannot be oninstitution grounds including waiting in cars in parking lot.

 

Visiting Room Attire


Dress Code Wearclothing that is appropriate for a large gathering of men, women, and youngchildren. Wearing inappropriate clothing (such as provocative or revealingclothes) may result in your being denied visitation.
Thefollowing items are NOT permitted:
•  sundresses
•  halter tops
•  bathing suits
•  see-through garments of any type
•  crop tops
•  low-cut blouses or dresses
•  leotards
•  spandex
•  miniskirts
•  no scarfs
•  backless tops
•  hats or caps
•  sleeveless garments
•  Females may wear dresses, skirts, or capripants.
•  Dresses or skirts must be knee level includingslits.
•  No leggings.
•   No white T-shirts of blouses.
•  No clothing with offensive pictures orlanguage.
•  No wrap-around blouses, shirts or dresses.
•  No shorts. Adult men must wear long pants.
•  No black nylon jackets
•  No tan, light brown, grey or khaki coloredclothing.
•   No black nylon jackets.
•  Inappropriate clothing cannot be covered by ajacket or sweater

VISITING DAY


- Visitors must provide the following information prior to entering visiting room:
1. Inmates name and register number
(Oshan Cook 14619-111).
2. Visitors relationship with inmate.
3. Visitors current address.

**Be sure to bring a picture ID
All visitors will be required to present one valid photoidentification (driver's license - passport) with signatures.
you will have to go through a metal detector,and you are not allowed to bring phones inside.

General Behavior
Because many people are usually visiting, it is important visits arequiet, orderly, and dignified. The visiting room officer can require you toleave if either you or the inmate is not acting appropriately.

** Sadly you can't bring books, gift or food to Oshan. But you cansend him mail or books and buy some snacks at the visiting room.
- Vending Machine. At the visiting room, there will be a vending machine. Visitors may purchase items from the vending machine and bringthem back to area of visit. $20.00 will be permitted to enter the institution.Inmates are not allowed to share food or drinks with other inmates or familymembers.

Contact Aaron Stevens with Questions at aaron.joshua.stevens@gmail.com