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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death - 03/27/15
An inmate died unexpectedly Thursday evening at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

Staff found inmate George Phillip Murphy, Jr., 70, in the infirmary unresponsive. Attempts were made to resuscitate him, and paramedics were called to the scene. Murphy was pronounced deceased at 7:10 p.m.

Murphy entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on September 30, 2004, on one count of sexual penetration in the second degree out of Coos County. His earliest release date was February 27, 2017.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.


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Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death - 03/23/15
An Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) inmate died unexpectedly Saturday evening. As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 7:00 p.m. on March 21, inmate Richard Paul Thompson, Jr., 62, was found unresponsive in his cell. He was pronounced deceased at 7:19 p.m.

Thompson entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on March 29, 2005, on one count of coercion, two counts of assault IV, one count of rape I, and one count of kidnapping I, all out of Deschutes County. His earliest release date was January 20, 2021.

No other details are available at this time.

OSP is Oregon's only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.

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VINE(R) service technical difficulties resolved - 03/23/15
On Friday, March 20, 2015, the Oregon VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) Service experienced a temporary technical issue. As a result, many registrants received notifications that contained incorrect inmate custody status information. At this time, the technical issue responsible for that error has been resolved. The Oregon VINE Service will soon be fully operational and will continue to inform registrants of changes in offenders' custody status.

During the Department of Corrections' regularly scheduled offender database maintenance, a large offender data file was accidently produced and sent to the VINE system in error. As a result, 8,746 erroneous notifications pertaining to 1,891 offenders were made.

VINE/DOC used AlertXpress to notify those affected that the offender release messages were sent in error Friday night. If that first alert was not successful, another was sent Saturday morning. An additional alert was sent today informing all Oregon VINE registrants that the technical issue has been resolved.

In addition to the alert express, victims and members of the public can check on the current status of inmates in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) at any time by using the Oregon Offender Search: http://docpub.state.or.us/OOS/intro.jsf.

DOC and Appriss apologize for the erroneous notifications, and are confident that this will not happen again. Several precautionary measures are being taken to prevent a similar event from reoccurring.

Oregon launched the statewide VINE service in 2001, becoming the 11th state to adopt the program. Oregon VINE, available in both English and Spanish, monitors offenders being held in county jails, Oregon Department of Corrections facilities, Oregon Youth Authority facilities, and individuals who are currently on community supervision. The program has sent more than 10 million notifications since its implementation.

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VINE(R) service experiences technical difficulties - 03/20/15
Oregon's VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) system experienced a major technical glitch Friday evening. Routine system maintenance appears to have triggered numerous notifications to victims in error. The contractor for the service, Appriss, is working on the repair, and will issue an "alert express" this evening, which will alert everyone who received an erroneous notification.

In addition to the alert express, victims and members of the public can check on the current status of inmates in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) by using the Oregon Offender Search: http://docpub.state.or.us/OOS/intro.jsf. DOC and Appriss apologize for the erroneous notifications, and are committed to remedying the issue as soon as possible.

Oregon launched the statewide VINE service in 2001, becoming the 11th state to adopt the program. Oregon VINE, available in both English and Spanish, monitors offenders being held in county jails, Oregon Department of Corrections facilities, Oregon Youth Authority facilities, and individuals who are currently on community supervision. The program has sent more than 10 million notifications since its implementation.

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DOC announces superintendent changes (Photo) - 03/04/15
Colette S. Peters, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), recently announced two changes to the Operations Division management team, effective March 15.

Named were Rob Persson as Superintendent of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville, and Guy Hall as Superintendent of Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) in Salem.

Persson started with DOC in 1995 as a Correctional Officer and worked his way up through the ranks. In 2003, he accepted a position with the Offender Information and Sentence Computation (OISC) Unit as the Prison Term Analyst Manager. In 2006, he became the Administrator of that unit. In 2010, Persson became Assistant Superintendent of Security at CCCF. He has served as OSCI Superintendent since 2011. Persson holds a bachelor's degree in corrections from Western Oregon University and a Certificate of Public Management from Willamette University.

Hall has 39 years of experience in public safety, having started his career in 1976 as a Correctional Counselor in Hawaii and serving in various roles there. He came to DOC in 1998 as Superintendent of Santiam Correctional Institution (SCI) in Salem and promoted to Superintendent of Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla in 2003. In 2008, he returned to Salem as the Administrator for the Office of Population Management, and then Administrator of Education, Programs, and Treatment in the Offender Management and Rehabilitation Division in 2012. Hall has been SCI's Superintendent since May 2013. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Willamette University and a master's degree in social work from University of Hawaii.

DOC employs 4,500 staff members at 14 institutions, two community corrections offices, and several centralized support facilities throughout the state. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of over 14,500 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 32,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. DOC is recognized nationally among correctional agencies for providing adults in custody with the cognitive, education, and job skills needed to become productive citizens when they transition back to their communities.

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