Tag Archives: Convicts/Inmates/Prisoners

COVID-19 outbreak within EOCI in Pendleton is the largest at any workplace in Oregon

After confirming its first case of the virus on July 8, Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton is now home to the largest outbreak of COVID-19 at any workplace or prison in the state, and little is being done to address the situation. According to the latest numbers provided Wednesday, Aug. 12, by the Oregon […]
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EOCI tops health authority’s weekly workplace outbreak list

Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton rose to the top of Oregon’s weekly workplace outbreak list for COVID-19 for the first time this week. Oregon Health Authority released its weekly COVID-19 report on Wednesday, Aug. 12, for the week prior. One section of the report details workplace outbreaks that have at least 30 employees and […]
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Opinion: I was freed from prison due to COVID-19 concerns. The governor should release many more.

Luis Polanco, Jr., writes that inmates are unable to physically distance in the tight living quarters that they share. While he is grateful the governor commuted his sentence, he thinks many more need to be released to thwart the spread of COVID. Source: Opinion: I was freed from prison due to COVID-19 concerns. The governor […]
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2 female inmates sue Oregon officials, officer over alleged sex abuse

Two inmates are suing the Oregon Department of Corrections, top prison officials and several corrections officers for more than $10 million, accusing officials of allowing a sexually predatory employee to target and sexually abuse the two women. The two civil rights lawsuits were filed in July and August in federal court. Source: 2 female inmates sue Oregon […]
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ODOC admits staff have been close to inmates without masks

Oregon Department of Corrections on Friday, Aug. 7, denied a public records request filed by the Argus Observer for video footage from inside Snake River Correctional Institution pertaining to correctional officers not wearing face coverings while in close proximity to inmates.However, in that same letter, it was stated that in their own review of the […]
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ODOC: Staff have been seen without masks closer than 6-feet to inmates

Oregon Department of Corrections on Friday denied a public records request filed by the Argus Observer for video footage from inside Snake River Correctional Institution pertaining to correctional officers not wearing face coverings while in close proximity to inmates. However, in that same letter, it was stated that in their own review of the 10 […]
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Following a New Outbreak at an Eastern Oregon Prison, Active COVID-19 Cases Among Oregon Inmates Near 500

On Monday, 48 prisoners in Pendleton tested positive for COVID-19. Source: Following a New Outbreak at an Eastern Oregon Prison, Active COVID-19 Cases Among Oregon Inmates Near 500

TRCI inmate passes away

An inmate of Two Rivers Correctional Institution died Saturday, Aug. 1. Patrick R. Johnson, 39, entered custody on Oct. 31, 2017, from Marion County with an earliest release date of Oct. 10, 2023. Source: TRCI inmate passes away | Local News | eastoregonian.com

Families of inmates protest conditions amid pandemic – OPB’s Think Out Loud

After COVID-19 cases spiked at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute in Pendleton, families of inmates have gathered at the prison to protest conditions there. Lydia Jarrell has been attending those protests. Her husband is an inmate at the EOCI, and has told her that the prison has not done enough to stop the spread of […]
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US prison populations down 8% amid coronavirus outbreak

Stephanie Parris was finishing a two-year prison sentence for a probation violation when she heard she’d be going home three weeks early because of COVID-19. It made her feel bad to leave when she had so few days left at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. She said she wasn’t sick and there were no […]
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