Category Archives: Dept. of Corrections (DOC)

New initiative seeks to help connect incarcerated parents with their kids

Launched by a nonprofit and the Oregon Department of Corrections, the initiative seeks to improve visitation areas and provide community support for parents and kids. For Irvin Hines, visits from his kids can be stressful. The father of three kids ages 5, 14 and 21, Hines is currently in custody at Columbia River Correctional Institution […]
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Coffee Creek Correctional Facility’s reports of misconduct persist

An inmate at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility says that for months a corrections officer brought drugs into the prison for her to sell, smuggled her a cell phone and had sex with her and another female inmate on two occasions. The accusations are the latest among dozens of staff misconduct cases to surface in recent years at Oregon’s only women’s prison. […]
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‘Know Me Now’ Helps Incarcerated Oregon Parents Stay Connected To Children

On days when Irvin Hines’ four-year-old son comes to visit him, he feels anxious. “When I get into the visit room and he looks up and sees me, I see his face light up, my face lights up,” and all the anxiety Hines had felt is gone. Source: ‘Know Me Now’ Helps Incarcerated Oregon Parents […]
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Inmate walks off work site near Pringle Park

Update: The inmate has been brought back into custody, according to officials with the Oregon Department of Corrections. An inmate from Mill Creek Correctional Facility walked away from a work crew near Salem’s Pringle Park on Friday, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections. Source: Inmate walks off work site near Pringle Park | Salem […]
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Welcoming the prisoners home: Steve Duin column

Bobbin Singh had no idea, two years ago, why he was meeting Ben Sand at a coffee shop in Southeast Portland. Singh is the founder of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, a legal-services organization fighting to reform the criminal-justice system. On that December morning in 2017, Sand, through the Portland Leadership Foundation, had already spent four years coming to […]
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The Journey Back Om

Statistics show that programs such as Deschutes County’s inmate yoga program can reduce the risk of reoffending. Jails and corrections systems throughout the U.S. are referred to as “the new asylums.” A 2018 report conducted by the Oregon Health Authority found that 50% of the state’s prison population had a diagnosable mental illness and was […]
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Cyber attack halts training for thousands of Oregon state employees

Thousands of state employees across dozens of Oregon agencies are awaiting the reinstatement of Oregon’s online training system after a Christmas Day cyber attack forced the state Department of Administrative Services to pull down the website. Source: Cyber attack halts training for thousands of Oregon state employees | Salem Reporter

Oregon Department of Corrections adds three to executive team

New assistants selected by the department director will oversee correctional services, human resources and communications. Oregon Department of Corrections Director Colette Peters has appointed three new people to manage key functions at the department that operates 14 institutions and employs thousands of people. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Oregon Department of Corrections adds three to […]
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Former Salem death row inmate gets life sentence for prison murder

A man once condemned to death row for murdering another inmate at a Salem prison was re-sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole. Source: Former Salem death row inmate gets life sentence for prison murder

Inmate dies at EOCI on Tuesday

An inmate at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton died Tuesday, though the cause has not been released. Oregon State Police is investigating the death of James Allen Smith, 77, which happened in the EOCI infirmary, according to a press release. A medical examiner will determine the cause of death. Source: Inmate dies at EOCI […]
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