Category Archives: Dept. of Corrections

Oregon’s incarceration rate to fall 15% in 10 years

Analysts credit criminal justice reform bills for the projected drop in the prison population. The incarceration rate in Oregon’s prison system is projected to fall 15 percent over the next decade due in large part to sentencing reform. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Oregon’s incarceration rate to fall 15% in 10 years

State seeks $11K from mother whose son died in prison shooting

Kristen Wilson lost her son Jayson Withers in 2014 when a corrections officer at the state prison in Pendleton shot and killed him. She filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against Charles Frates for making that shot. She lost the case at trial in Pendleton in early August. Now the state is asking […]
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WCCF crew celebrates hard work

Often overlooked, Warner Creek Correction Facility’s fire crew celebrated its fire fighting work with a Fire Program Appreciation Lunch marking the end of fire season. On Thursday, Sept. 27, 27 crew members gathered together to recognize their hard work during the season and the eight fires they provided suppression and camp support on. “We wanted […]
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Oregon Women’s Prison Adopts New Vaccination Practices For Upcoming Flu Season

The prison has a new message: “Health Services cares about you staying healthy and recommends getting the flu vaccine annually.” The Oregon women’s prison has adopted substantial reforms to its vaccination practices after a flu outbreak last year killed an inmate and revealed deficiencies in the institution’s medical practices. Source: Oregon Women’s Prison Adopts New […]
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Shakespeare In Prison – OPB’s Think Out Loud

We find out how the Coffee Creek women’s prison came to serve as the unlikely backdrop for a production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and what the directors are hoping for on the eve of the one and only public performance of this all-inmate production. We’re joined in studio by Carla Grant of Open Hearts Open […]
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Oregon Department of Corrections Will No Longer Share Inmates’ Family Information With ICE Officials

“We will immediately cease this type of information exchange,” the agency says in a memo. After a review ordered by the governor’s office, the Oregon Department of Corrections has decided to no longer provide U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials the contact information for inmates’ next-of-kin. WW first reported that a prison official had provided […]
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What It’s Like to Be Pepper Sprayed in Prison

Twenty lawsuits allege Oregon prison guards refused to allow inmates to shower for hours or even days after spraying them with pepper spray. Source: What It’s Like to Be Pepper Sprayed in Prison – Willamette Week

Two Rivers inmate dies in custody

An inmate serving a murder sentence at Two Rivers Correctional Institution died Thursday morning.The Oregon Department of Corrections reported Daniel Holterman died at a hospital and not at the state prison in Umatilla. He was 80. Source: Two Rivers inmate dies in custody – Local News – East Oregonian

National Recovery Month: Help available for Oregonians

The impacts of mental health, gambling and substance use disorders are far-reaching, from personal well-being and relationships to the larger community. This National Recovery Month, the Oregon Health Authority reminds Oregonians that the power of recovery is within their reach and that help is available. Source: National Recovery Month: Help available for Oregonians – KTVZ

Challenges put PCC’s student rules in legal crosshairs

Inspired by a friend’s experience, Eastern Oregon prisoners want court to force college to go through state rules process. In 2014, Portland Community College student Leasa Sherman didn’t like a grade she received in a class and she stumbled on school rules trying to get the grade changed. Sherman felt the college treated her unfairly, […]
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