Category Archives: Dept. of Corrections

Family of dead EOCI inmate loses lawsuit

The family of Jayson Mathew Withers lost its wrongful death lawsuit against the local correctional officer who shot and killed him. Withers was an inmate at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution, Pendleton. The morning of Aug. 29, 2014, Withers and inmate Cameron Hayes, according to court documents, attacked inmate Eric Sexton in one of the outdoor […]
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Eastern Oregon prison inmate dies in hospital, investigation ongoing to determine cause

An inmate at an eastern Oregon prison died Friday after being taken to a hospital, according to the state corrections department. The Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death for 55-year-old David Lokken, the corrections department said. The agency hasn’t said why Lokken was taken to a […]
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New Mental Health Unit Opens At Oregon State Penitentiary

The Oregon Department of Corrections cut the ribbon on a new behavioral health unit at the state penitentiary in Salem on Friday. A couple of years ago, an investigation by Disability Rights Oregon found that inmates with mental illness at the state penitentiary spent only about an hour a day outside their cells. Now, by […]
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Treatment center offers care for mentally ill inmates

The Oregon Department of Corrections opened the behavioral health treatment center after receiving criticism that it was giving inadequate care to inmates with mental illness. Two years ago, DOC Director Colette Peters signed a memorandum of understanding with Disability Rights Oregon to increase out-of-cell time for these inmates and make other improvements. Source: Pamplin Media […]
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Inmate dies at Oregon State Penitentiary

A 68-year-old inmate was found dead Wednesday morning in his cell at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. Juan Rivas-Valles, serving a life sentence for killing his girlfriend and another man, was unresponsive when an officer discovered him during a routine check. Source: Inmate dies at Oregon State Penitentiary

Coffee Creek Cosmetology – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The Coffee Creek Correctional Facility’s cosmetology program trains incarcerated women to become licensed cosmetologists. Over the past 16 years, the program has graduated 89 women with only six students returning to prison after being released. Tammy Kennedy, director of the program and Carrie Ames, a student in the program, join us to discuss the initiative. […]
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‘Value in all dads’ 

Camp for imprisoned fathers, kids encourages good behavior. For the fifth year in a row, fathers currently serving as inmates at Snake River Correctional Institution were given the opportunity to spend time with their children during Kids Camp. In the prison’s visitor room on Tuesday, various activities could be seen spread across the floor. Source: […]
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Sexual-violence reports are tripling in jails and prisons nationwide, but not in Oregon

The number of reports of sexual violence at prisons, jails and detention centers nationwide almost tripled over the span of five years, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. More than 24,600 incidents of sexual victimization were reported in 2015 — a sharp increase from 2011, when about 8,700 incidents were filed. Oregon prisons, which reported […]
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Firefighters make progress on Wilson Prairie Fire

Work continues on firelines in southwest Morrow County. Firefighters made significant progress overnight building fireline around the Wilson Prairie Fire, located in the southwest corner of Morrow County, according to an Oregon Department of Forestry press release. The fire originated on lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) and spread onto the Umatilla […]
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Wilson Prairie Fire burns 120 acres in Morrow County

Firefighters worked overnight on to corner a wildland blaze in the southwest corner of Morrow County in the Off-Highway Vehicle Park. The Wilson Prairie Fire was reported Monday on Oregon Department of Forestry land and spread to 120 acres and into the nearby Umatilla National Forest. Source: Wilson Prairie Fire burns 120 acres in Morrow […]
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