Tag Archives: Convicts/Inmates/Prisoners

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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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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‘Booked And Buried’: The Scope And Scale Of Northwest Jail Deaths Revealed

For the past year, OPB and the Northwest News Network have been documenting the rising death toll inside county jails across Oregon and Washington. And the findings of that investigation have been staggering: more than 300 people dead in the past decade, jails struggling to keep suicidal inmates safe and rates of death on the […]
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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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Snake River Correctional Institution inmates die one day apart

Two men who were inmates at Snake River Correctional Institution died on Jan. 1. The deaths were unrelated, however, both men died in the same manner — while on hospice. Source: Snake River Correctional Institution inmates die one day apart | Local News Stories | argusobserver.com

California jails use kinder approach to solitary confinement

 An inmate in solitary confinement at a California jail was refusing to leave his cell. The jailers’ usual response: Send an “extraction team” of corrections officers to burst into the cell and drag him out. But not in Contra Costa County, one of three in the state using a kinder, gentler approach in response to […]
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Inmate actors tell Christmas story

This was no Sunday school nativity play. Yet, it wasn’t so far off. The cast included Joseph, Mary, shepherds and baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes. There was a manger, a star and a donkey. If one squinted, the room almost looked like a church fellowship hall. Source: Inmate actors tell Christmas story | Local […]
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Inmate actors tell Christmas story

State Library Ed. Note:  It appears as though there is only a picture, as opposed to an actual story. Joseph and Mary, played by Roberto Baney and Elena Ropalo, sit with baby Jesus during a nativity play performed inside the Two Rivers Correctional Institution. Source: Inmate actors tell Christmas story | News | eastoregonian.com