Category Archives: Dept. of Corrections (DOC)

Layoffs, hiring freeze follow $60 million shortfall at Oregon Corrections Department

Corrections officials blamed the shortfall largely on rising health costs associated with caring for an aging prison population. Source: Layoffs, hiring freeze follow $60 million shortfall at Oregon Corrections Department

Oregon corrections officer files $7M hazing suit against state

An Oregon Department of Corrections officer is suing the state, a former coworker and corrections officials for $7 million after he was attacked with a stun gun. Source: Oregon corrections officer files $7M hazing suit against state – oregonlive.com

Oregon prison system, facing escalating costs, cutting employees but no corrections officers

The Oregon Department of Corrections, trying to cover a $60 million shortage in its budget, this week started laying off some employees and cutting other expenses. Prisons are experiencing unexpectedly high medical costs for inmates. Source: Oregon prison system, facing escalating costs, cutting employees but no corrections officers | Malheur Enterprise | The Voice of […]
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Oregon prison officer sues coworker, state for Taser attack

An Oregon Department of Corrections officer is suing the state and an ex-coworker for $7 million after he was attacked with a stun gun. Source: Facebook: Oregon prison officer sues coworker, state for Taser attack

Visitations for all 14 state prisons has been suspended in Oregon

The Oregon Department of Corrections has suspended all visiting at all 14 state prisons. This is following the state of emergency issued in response to the novel coronavirus. The Department of Corrections has no known or suspected cases of covid-19 at this time. Initially, state officials say one adult in custody was tested for the […]
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Coronavirus: Schools close, doctors demand action, daily life disrupted

Gov. Kate Brown expanded her order banning public gatherings of more than 250 people to direct all Oregon K-12 schools to close starting Monday through March 31. Many school districts chose to close on Friday. Source: Coronavirus: Schools close, doctors demand action, daily life disrupted

Regional prisons and jails respond to coronavirus

While the coronavirus pandemic is now bringing sanitation and social distancing to the forefront in the minds of Oregonians, Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute says it’s changed relatively little in the recent days. “The things everyone is talking about with coronavirus are the things we’ve been doing for the past 35 days,” EOCI spokesman Ron Miles […]
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Oregon Department of Corrections Bans all Prison Visitors, Including Attorneys and Parole Officers

The Oregon Department of Corrections announced on Thursday that it has suspended all in-person visits—including from attorneys—in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak for 30 days beginning March 13. Source: Oregon Department of Corrections Bans all Prison Visitors, Including Attorneys and Parole Officers – Willamette Week

No COVID-19 cases in prisons

Visitation continues with increased sanitation measures. With one of the biggest populations in the Western Treasure Valley being confined in connected buildings in one facility outside of Ontario, The Argus Observer reached out to officials at Snake River Correctional Institution to see how they are handling the recent novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Source: No COVID-19 […]
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Snake River Correctional Institute reports in-custody death

Snake River Correctional Institute reported an inmate died in custody on Sunday afternoon, according to a press release. Wynn Edward Puckey, 27, died at a hospital in Boise, Idaho. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified and the medical examiner will determine cause of death. Source: Snake River Correctional Institute […]
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