Category Archives: Dept. of Corrections (DOC)

Two Rivers Correctional Institution inmate dies

An inmate died in custody Thursday evening at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections. Stephen Kessler, 76, passed away in the infirmary. The Oregon State Police have been notified. Kessler was in the facility’s hospice program. Source: Two Rivers Correctional Institution inmate dies | Local News |

Coffee Creek prison admin building evacuated after suspicious mailing

Authorities evacuated the administration building of a women’s prison south of Portland, Oregon, after receiving an envelope with a white, powdery substance inside in the mail. Five people were working in the mail room of the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility when the envelop arrived Friday. Source: Coffee Creek prison admin building evacuated after suspicious mailing

Japanese garden opens inside Oregon State Prison: ‘It takes us out of these walls’

The inmates’ idea was far-fetched: install a Japanese garden in the shadow of a massive cellblock at the Oregon State Penitentiary. For one, prison officials wondered, who would pay for it? Who would do the work? Would the elegant elements of a Japanese garden run afoul of the Byzantine rules intended to keep the maximum-security […]
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Oregon prison nurse accused of starving inmate faces discipline

The Oregon State Board of Nursing has proposed suspending the license of a nurse practitioner accused of essentially starving an inmate who then collapsed and later won a $1.5 million settlement from the state over his care. The agency plans to impose a 90-day suspension for Linda Gruenwald, of Hermiston, for her treatment of Steven […]
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Oregon State Penitentiary unveils new “healing garden”

The unique project was made possible by determined inmates and some help from the outside. Wearing blue prison uniforms and kukui nut necklaces, Toshio Takanobu and Johnny Coffer stood outside of a room at the Oregon State Penitentiary welcoming people to the unveiling of an unlikely project in an unlikely place. Source: Oregon State Penitentiary […]
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Inmate dies at state prison in Umatilla

An inmate at Two Rivers Correctional Institution died while on hospice at the facility Monday night, Department of Corrections officials said. Terry Lee Allen, 68, entered DOC custody on June 29, 2015, from Deschutes County with an earliest release date of November 30, 2022. Source: Inmate dies at state prison in Umatilla | Local News […]
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Oregon ‘candy man’ who sexually abused children dies in prison

A Warrenton man who was sentenced in January to serve six years in prison for sexually abusing children has died in prison. The Oregon Department of Corrections says 70-year-old Carl Hagnas died Thursday at Snake River Correctional Institution in eastern Oregon. Source: Oregon ‘candy man’ who sexually abused children dies in prison –

Columbia River Correctional worker accused of sex with inmate

Renee Larsen, 54, is accused of allegedly having sex with an inmate while on the job at Portland’s Columbia River Correctional Institution multiple times over an eight-month period in 2017. Source: Columbia River Correctional worker accused of sex with inmate –

Running group offers a different kind of escape for women in Oregon prison

Run is not a word you usually want to associate with a prison. Yet a running program at Wilsonville’s Coffee Creek Correctional Facility offers women a different kind of an escape. “It allows them to accomplish something many never thought possible,” said Trisha Swanson, founder of Reason to Run, a nonprofit that works with volunteers […]
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Inmate considers victims crimes Oregon State Penitentiary

A couple of weeks ago, I spent the evening at the Oregon State Penitentiary with about five Willamette University students, a couple of professors and around twenty inmates. They were reading my novel The Crying Tree and I was there to answer questions. Source: Inmate considers victims crimes Oregon State Penitentiary