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Snake River Correctional Institution reports inmate death - 12/12/14
A Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) inmate died unexpectedly Thursday evening. As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation. Visiting at SRCI is canceled until further notice.

At approximately 8:04 p.m. (MST) on December 11, inmate Terry Goodman, 54, was taken to SRCI Health Services. He was pronounced deceased at 8:48 p.m.

Goodman entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on September 11, 2014, on one count of delivery of methamphetamine, one count of delivery of Oxycontin, and two counts of first degree child neglect out of Marion County. His earliest release date was July 23, 2019.

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

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. SRCI has multiple special housing units including Disciplinary Segregation, Intensive Management, Infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an Administrative Segregation Unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a call center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI focuses on incentive housing, specialized housing, inmates with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.

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Inmates sort chip bags at DOC's central recycle center in Salem
Inmates sort chip bags at DOC's central recycle center in Salem
Oregon DOC receives two awards for outstanding sustainability efforts (Photo) - 12/10/14
The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) was recently presented with two awards for its commitment to sustainability practices: a Portland Business Journal Innovation in Sustainability Award, and the Governor's Sustainability Award from Business Oregon.

On November 18, the Portland Business Journal presented DOC with a 2014 Innovation in Sustainability Award in the "waste" category for its commitment to recycling. Part of DOC's efforts in this area is the development of a fully-operational recycling center that collects all recyclables from the department's 14 prisons. The center recycles everything from ballistic vests to metals to shoes.

On December 10, Secretary of State Kate Brown presented DOC with the Governor's Sustainability Award at the Northwest Environmental Conference, hosted by the Oregon Sustainability Board and Business Oregon. DOC was one of only two recipients honored with the Governor's Award, which promotes and advances the use of sustainable practices in government and the private sector. DOC was specifically recognized for:

--Completing energy audits at five of its facilities and creating site-specific plans for operational improvements, capital projects, and behavioral activities;

--Using integrated and natural pest management practices;

--Implementing green chemistry initiatives at its facilities;

--Leasing land to food banks at no charge to grow produce for food banks;

--Developing gardens at all 14 prisons (yielding more than 210,000 pounds of produce in 2013); and

--Starting significant wildlife and habitat conservation activities, including restoration work at a Savanna Haven and providing habitat for the Oregon silverspot butterfly and sage grouse.

"DOC is a large organization, spanning across the state, with over five million square feet of facilities," said DOC Director Colette S. Peters. "We take seriously our responsibility to mitigate the carbon footprint in Oregon. We are honored and humbled to receive these awards, which celebrate our commitment to achieving long-term sustainability goals."

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 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, and direct or indirect supervision of 31,000 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. The agency is continually looking at new and innovative approaches to energy conservation and sustainability.

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SRCI "Blue Room" Named in TIME Magazine's Best Inventions of 2014 - 12/09/14
The Blue Room at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) has been named as one of TIME Magazine's "25 Best Inventions of 2014," an accomplishment of which the institution is very proud. This is due in large part to the desire of SRCI staff to see something meaningful come to life through their efforts.

The Blue Room is a groundbreaking nature imagery research project, developed through a partnership with the Utah Sustainability in Prisons Project. In 2013, SRCI began working with University of Utah Professor Nalini M. Nadkarni, who was exploring ways that nature positively impacts individuals and the effect it could have on those who are incarcerated. To incorporate Professor Nadkarni's concepts with the prison's needs, SRCI decided to place nature imagery, through video and audio, in one of the recreation areas of SRCI's Intensive Management Unit (IMU). The Blue Room, as it is known, is a fairly simple combination of modern technology, correctional practices, crisis intervention, and behavior de-escalation.

The next step is to conduct research that focuses on whether nature imagery in prisons:

* Changes behavior
* Reduces stress, agitation, and anxiety
* Reduces violence
* Reduces disciplinary segregation admits
* Reduces suicide attempts

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. SRCI has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an administrative segregation unit. The institution participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a contact center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI focuses on incentive housing, specialized housing, inmates with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. It opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.

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Inmate firefighters perform mop-up on one of the many wildfires that burned in 2014
Inmate firefighters perform mop-up on one of the many wildfires that burned in 2014
Thousands of DOC inmates contribute to a successful 2014 fire season (Photo) - 12/09/14
Each year the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) team up to select and train inmates to dispatch to wildfires. Inmates are selected to serve on supervised 10-person crews and have to complete the same nationally certified firefighter training course as their civilian counterparts. They learn the fundamentals of wildfire behavior, firefighting techniques, communication, and safety.

Deployment of DOC fire crews this year began in January and continued through October. During this time, DOC deployed an astonishing 242 staff members and 2,701 inmates to battle 66 fires. These crews were on the fire line from one to 17 days at a time, depending on the severity of the fire.

Nine of DOC's 14 institutions have active fire crews. These institutions are:
-Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras (responded to six fires)
-Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem (responded to 20 fires)
-Powder River Correctional Facility in Baker City (responded to 15 fires)
-Santiam Correctional Institution in Salem (responded to eight fires)
-Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in North Bend (responded to eight fires)
-Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario (responded to 16 fires)
-South Fork Forest Camp in Tillamook (responded to 31 fires)
-Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla (responded to six fires)
-Warner Creek Correctional Facility in Lakeview (responded to eight fires)

Each of these institutions plays an important role in assisting ODF with fire season. In addition to fighting fires, inmate camp crews staff mobile kitchens at large fires, serving meals day and night to two shifts of firefighters.

As this year's fire season comes to a close, DOC would like to recognize the staff members and firefighting crews who participated throughout the year. Not only does the fire program save the state millions of dollars, it provides DOC's low-risk offenders with the tools they need for future work opportunities, which helps prepare them for re-entry into the community.

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