Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Shot fired at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution results in inmate death (Photo)
Jayson Matthew Withers
Today at approximately 9:00 a.m., an Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) Correctional Officer fired a shot to prevent imminent serious bodily injury to an inmate being assaulted at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI). Detectives from the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division, in cooperation with the Umatilla County District Attorney's Office and DOC, are conducting an investigation. The institution is currently on lockdown status and visiting is canceled until further notice.
The Correctional Officer fired the shot from a yard tower after two inmates who were assaulting a third inmate failed to disengage. Inmate Jayson Matthew Withers was hit, transported to a local hospital, and was pronounced deceased at approximately 9:21 a.m. Next of kin has been notified. The inmate who was being attacked was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries. The third inmate is currently in disciplinary segregation at EOCI. No other details or names are being released until authorized by the Umatilla County District Attorney.
Withers entered DOC custody on May 13, 2010, on three counts of robbery in the second degree, three counts of identity theft, and one count of negligent homicide out of Marion County. His earliest release date was Nov. 25, 2018.
EOCI is a medium-security prison located in Pendleton that houses approximately 1,600 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment, mental health, and work opportunities. The buildings that make up EOCI were constructed in 1912 and 1913 and were originally used as a state mental hospital. After two years of renovation, EOCI received its first inmates in June 1985.
DOC announces superintendent changes at two state prisons (Photo)
Colette S. Peters, director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), recently announced the appointment of two new superintendents to lead two Oregon state prisons, effective Sept. 1, 2014.
Named was John Myrick as superintendent of Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla, and Kimberly Hendricks as superintendent of Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) in North Bend.
Myrick has been the assistant superintendent of security at TRCI since March 2014. A 25-year DOC veteran employee, Myrick began his career as a correctional officer at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution after serving five years in the U.S. Air Force. He worked his way up through the DOC ranks to assistant superintendent prior to this appointment.
Hendricks has been the hearings administrator at DOC headquarters in Salem since 2009. She has spent the past 13 years with the department, starting as safety manager at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in 2001. Hendricks holds a Certificate in Public Management (CPM) from Willamette University.
"These professionals bring a collective wealth of experience and skills that will benefit our prisons and the agency," said DOC Director Peters. "They have proven leadership skills, are dedicated to the department's mission, and value partnerships that bolster our accountability and rehabilitation efforts."
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 more than 14,600 adults sentenced to more than 12 months of incarceration, direct supervision of 2,500 offenders on felony supervision in the community, and indirect supervision of another 31,000 offenders on felony supervision in the community. Its mission is to promote public safety by holding offenders accountable for their actions and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior.
TRCI is a medium and minimum-security facility in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 men in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs, including education, treatment programs, pre-release and transitional services, and work opportunities. TRCI opened in March 2000.
SCCI is a minimum-security prison located on the Oregon Coast at North Bend. Originally an Air National Guard radar station, the facility was converted into a prison in 1990. SCCI houses approximately 300 men in custody who are within four years of release. It provides education, transitional services, and work opportunities, including outside fire crews.
Mill Creek Correctional Facility inmate Jerry Teixeira back in custody (Photo)
An inmate who walked away August 9, 2014, from Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem is now in custody in the Marion County Correctional Facility.
Law enforcement officials arrested Jerry Teixeira and his accomplice Lacy Evans on Tuesday evening at approximately 10:38 p.m. in Stayton.
Teixeira entered DOC custody on October 1, 2013, on two counts of burglary in the second degree, one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of delivering methamphetamine, and one count of felon in possession of a firearm out of Marion County. His earliest release date is September 5, 2015.
Inmate walks away from Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem (Photo) UPDATE: ACCOMPLICE
An inmate walked away Saturday afternoon from Mill Creek Correctional Facility in Salem. Oregon State Police are investigating.
The woman who drove the inmate away from the facility is Lacy Kay Evans, 4/4/87. She is white, 6' tall, short platinum blond hair.
MCCF staff discovered inmate Jerry Teixeira missing at approximately 2:40 p.m., Saturday, August 9. Teixeira is a 34-year-old Caucasian male, 6 feet 1 inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. Teixeira 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 with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.
Teixeira entered DOC custody on October 1, 2013, on two counts of burglary II, one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of delivering methamphetamine, and one count of felon in possession of a firearm out of Marion County. His earliest release date is September 5, 2015.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.
Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) is a minimum-security prison located five miles southeast of Salem that houses approximately 280 inmates who are within four years of release. It primarily provides education and work opportunities for adults in custody.
Corrections Director named to National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board (Photo)
DOC Director Colette S. Peters
Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Colette S. Peters was appointed as a member of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Advisory Board on June 27, 2014, by U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. The appointment is for a three-year term.
The NIC is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Institute provides training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance to federal, state, and local corrections agencies.
NIC also provides leadership to influence correctional policies, practices, and operations nationwide in areas of emerging interest and concern to correctional executives and practitioners as well as public policymakers. As a corrections practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in public safety, Ms. Peters will bring a valuable perspective to the Advisory Board.
Ms. Peters was named DOC Director in February 2012. As Director, she oversees the operations and policies of a corrections agency responsible for managing approximately 14,600 incarcerated adults in 14 prisons across the state, as well as 31,500 offenders on community supervision. DOC has been recognized nationally as having one of the lowest recidivism rates in the country.