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Inmate Steven Lee Fox
Inmate Steven Lee Fox
Two Rivers Correctional Institution inmate Steven Lee Fox back in custody (Photo) - 02/26/15
An inmate who escaped February 25 from Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla is now in custody in the Umatilla County Correctional Facility.

Law enforcement officials arrested Steven Lee Fox on Thursday morning at approximately 11:00 a.m. in Hermiston.

Fox entered DOC custody on Dec. 7, 2010, on one count of burglary in the first degree, one count of unlawful use of a vehicle, and one count of robbery in the second degree out of Multnomah County. He also has one count of burglary in the first degree out of Umatilla County. His earliest release date was Aug. 12, 2016.


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Attached Media Files: Inmate Steven Lee Fox
DOC to hold active shooter drill and discussion - 02/25/15
The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) will hold an active shooter drill and discussion on Friday, February 27, at its headquarters in Salem, located at 2575 Center Street NE. The Dome Building (as it is commonly known) will be closed to the public and non-Dome Building DOC staff between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Designated staff will fire blanks as part of the exercise.

This information is intended as an advisory in the event that a member of the public contacts you to report DOC activity as breaking news. If you receive calls from the public regarding these exercises, please refer them to DOC at the contact information provided.

Staff from Salem Police Department and the Oregon State Police will be participating as well. As participants, Dome Building staff will able to:
1. Describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding law enforcement officials.
2. Recognize potential workplace violence indicators.
3. Describe actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents.
4. Describe how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident.

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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Inmate Steven Lee Fox
Inmate Steven Lee Fox
Inmate walks away from Two Rivers Correctional Institution work crew (Photo) - 02/25/15
Today at approximately 11:00 a.m., inmate Steven Lee Fox walked away from an Oregon Department of Corrections work crew at Finley Buttes Landfill near Boardman. Oregon State Police and the Morrow County Sheriff's Office are responding.

Fox is an inmate at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. He was working on a ten-man crew when staff discovered he was missing.

Fox is a 49-year-old Caucasian male, 225 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee in orange; and a blue t-shirt similarly stenciled in orange.

Fox entered DOC custody on Dec. 7, 2010, on one count of burglary in the first degree, one count of unlawful use of a vehicle, and one count of robbery in the second degree out of Multnomah County. He also has one count of burglary in the first degree out of Umatilla County. His earliest release date is Aug. 12, 2016.

Anyone with information regarding Fox's whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at
1-800-452-7888.

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Attached Media Files: Inmate Steven Lee Fox
DOC Director Colette S. Peters, CCCF Superintendent Heidi Steward, and Cosmetology Instructor Tammy Kennedy cut the ribbon for the grand reopening.
DOC Director Colette S. Peters, CCCF Superintendent Heidi Steward, and Cosmetology Instructor Tammy Kennedy cut the ribbon for the grand reopening.
Skill building opportunities expand at CCCF (Photo) - 02/23/15
Opportunities for women in medium custody at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility to earn cosmetology certification have expanded with the grand opening of renovated space at CCCF on February 19.

CCCF's School of Cosmetology originally opened in 2002. Initially, the program supported ten individuals with classroom instruction and hands-on training offered through Portland Community College. Today, 20 women can obtain three valuable certifications from the Oregon Health Authority's Health Licensing Office in Hair Design, Nail Technology, and Esthetics. In addition, women who have previously earned certifications may train to become instructors and leaders.

While taking the course, the women learn about hair care including cutting and designing, coloring, giving permanents, applying relaxers, and weaving. Students also learn about skin care, including facials and applying makeup. Finally, they learn how to do manicures and pedicures, including gel manicures and artificial nails. Research shows that adults in custody who participate in correctional education programs not only have a lower rate of recidivism, but are more likely to obtain employment upon release from incarceration.

CCCF is a multi-custody prison in Wilsonville accommodating all of Oregon's female inmates (approximately 1,260). The prison has cell and dormitory housing, inmate work programs, skills training, treatment programs, health services, religious services, physical plant, a central records unit, and administrative areas. CCCF participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a contact center, auto CAD, and document scanning. In addition, CCCF houses the state's intake center, which provides intake and evaluation of all inmates committed to state custody by the courts. The intake center houses approximately 400 male inmates. CCCF's minimum facility opened in 2001, and the medium facility opened in 2002.

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Inmates assigned to the SRCI Veterans Unit speak with Special Guest, First Vice Commander Mike Jones.
Inmates assigned to the SRCI Veterans Unit speak with Special Guest, First Vice Commander Mike Jones.
SRCI opens state's first inmate unit for veterans (Photo) - 02/20/15
Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) has designated a 72-bed housing unit to adults in custody who are military veterans. The facility held a dedication event for the unit on February 17.

The idea for a veterans housing unit was conceived from involvement SRCI staff had with the Snake River Veterans Association (SRVA) within the institution. Realizing a housing unit could be beneficial to veterans housed at SRCI, a team of prison staff went to Washington State to see a similar unit in one of its correcitonal facilities. Months later, the first ever Oregon unit is ready to be dedicated.

There are criteria individuals must meet to be housed in the SRCI veterans unit, such as being honorably discharged from a branch of the U.S. Military, as well as meeting the behavior standards to live in the priviledged housing complex of the institution. Although the needs of the institution operations are always the priority to ensure the facility is running in a safe and secure manner, there are specific goals that were established for the Veterans Unit:

*Enhance overall behavior and personal well-being for veterans in custody by giving them an opportunity to pro-socially associate with like-minded, like-experienced individuals.
*Make support resources and programs available to assist the special needs of veterans.
*Assist incarcerated veterans in accessing federal resources and benefits, specifically in the areas of transition, release, health, and well-being.

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. The facility 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 contact center, laundry, and sign shop. The facility also provides 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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Deer Ridge Post 131
Deer Ridge Post 131
Deer Ridge Post 131 Charter Presentation (Photo) - 02/13/15
The American Legion Department of Oregon presented the charter and installed the officers of Deer Ridge Post 131 on Saturday, February 7 at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (DRCI.) Deer Ridge Post 131 is the first American Legion Post in an Oregon correctional institution and only the fourth post nationwide in a correctional facility. American Legion District 5 Commander Eugene Hellickson and 2nd Vice Commander Keegan Hodges presented the charter to Post 131 Commander Theodore Aguirre. The officers and general membership were installed during a ceremony held in the DRCI Chapel.

The charter was presented to 15 of the original 19 inmate veterans who initiated the formation of Post 131. Tom Weiss, Jefferson County Veteran's Service Officer, presented the idea of forming an American Legion Post at DRCI in July of 2014. The founding 19 members worked diligently to create the constitution and bylaws, raise funds for membership fees, and elect officers for the post. The Oregon Department of Corrections was in full support of this endeavor, and the level of support was expressed by the attendance of Deputy Director Kim Brockamp, Assistant Director Mike Gower, Chief Administrator Nancy Howton, and Operations and Policy Analyst Parrish VanWert.

Deer Ridge Post 131 will follow the guidelines set by The American Legion. They will hold regular meetings, pay membership dues, hold fundraisers, and give back to the community and fellow veterans in need. American Legion membership will not only provide the veterans with connections to fellow veterans while incarcerated, but will provide connections upon release to help them reunite with their respective communities. The adults in custody participating in The American Legion Post 131 will learn valuable life and job skills such as organization, budgeting, communication, and much more.

DRCI is a minimum security facility located four miles east of Madras in central Oregon. This men's prison houses approximately 770 inmates who are within four years of release. The minimum facility began receiving inmates in September 2007. DRCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including, education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, cognitive programs, and inmate work crews.

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Attached Media Files: Deer Ridge Post 131
Mark Nooth
Mark Nooth
DOC announces executive management changes (Photo) - 02/05/15
Colette S. Peters, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), recently announced several changes to the executive management team, effective March 1.

Named was Daryl Borello as Assistant Director for General Services, Heidi Steward as Assistant Director for Offender Management and Rehabilitation, and Mark Nooth as Superintendent of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville.

Borello has 24 years of experience in public safety, having started his career in 1990 as a police officer in central California. He came to DOC in 2003 as a correctional officer at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution. Shortly after, he joined the Special Investigations Unit, promoting through the Inspector ranks and assisting with the development of Security Threat Management before becoming Chief Investigator. For the last four years, Borello has been with the Human Resources Division where he has worked as the Professional Development Unit Administrator and Chief Administrator. He holds an associate's degree in theology.

Steward has been with the department for 19 years, most recently as the Superintendent of CCCF. Prior to that, she was Administrator of the Government Efficiencies and Communications Office; Assistant Superintendent of Correctional Rehabilitation at CCCF; and spent many years in the transitional services arena.

Nooth began his career in corrections in 1983 as a Corrections Officer with the Massachusetts DOC. During his 20 years there, he advanced through the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, Director of Security, and Deputy Superintendent of Operations. In 2003, he took a position with Oregon DOC as the Assistant Superintendent of General Services at Snake River Corrections Institution (SRCI) in Ontario, and then promoted to Superintendent in 2007. Nooth received a bachelor's degree in biology in 1986 from South Eastern Massachusetts University.

"Each of these individuals has proven their leadership and dedication to the department," said DOC Director Peters. "Their commitment to our mission, vision, and values is unwavering and will serve as an example for all DOC. The experience and expertise they bring to their new positions will help carry our agency into the future."

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 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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Attached Media Files: Mark Nooth , Heidi Steward , Daryl Borello