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Playground equipment at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
Playground equipment at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility installs new playground equipment (Photo) - 09/11/14
Children who visit their mothers at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) will soon have new playground equipment on which to slide, climb, and jump thanks to a fundraising effort by the Wilsonville Rotary's Through a Child's Eyes (TACE) committee. TACE projects are funded by the Wilsonville Rotary Club Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.

Each of CCCF's facilities (medium and minimum) had playground jungle gyms when they opened 13 years ago. However, recently both gym sets had deteriorated and were removed for safety reasons. The TACE committee was asked to help, and immediately went to work procuring funding to complete the project. The main financial contributors are the Wilsonville Rotary TACE committee, Stimson Lumber Co., the Juan Young Trust, and Republic Services of Wilsonville.

Ground breaking began August 5, 2014, at the minimum facility, when staff and inmates began digging holes to set the posts in concrete. The minimum institution equipment is already in place, and installation of the medium institution's equipment is underway. In colorful hues of orange, green, and blue, the equipment features ladders, monkey bars, slides, holes to crawl through, and a fort-like arrangement to survey the surroundings.

"We feel extremely fortunate to have a partner like the Wilsonville Rotary," said Superintendent Heidi Steward. "They help provide a number of services to the children and families of Coffee Creek's incarcerated mothers. Their support is helping improve lives and public safety."

CCCF is a multi-custody facility in Wilsonville that houses more than 1,200 women. CCCF delivers a range of correctional services and programs including alcohol and drug treatment, education, work opportunities, cognitive programming, and pre-release services. The minimum facility opened in 2001 and the medium facility opened in 2002. CCCF is Oregon's only women's prison. It also houses the state's intake center, which provides intake and evaluation of all male inmates committed to state custody.

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Children of five Oregon DOC employees receive national scholarship - 09/03/14
The children of five Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) employees were recently named recipients of the 2014 Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship awards. ASCA awards the scholarship to children of correctional staff who have maintained academic excellence.

In an informal ceremony yesterday, DOC Deputy Director Mitch Morrow presented student Taylor Dodge with her award on behalf of ASCA. The other recipients, Samantha Belleque, Kaitlyn Coakley, Justin Harris, and Selena Ortiz, were unable to attend the ceremony.

Harris, whose father is a release services manager at DOC's central office, received a $500 scholarship. Harris is entering his junior year at Oregon State University, where he is an Honors College student studying biology with the goal of attending medical school. He will spend fall term in Bolivia as an intern with the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Program through Child Family Health International. This is the third year he has been awarded a Susan M. Hunter Scholarship.

Dodge, whose mother is a Parole Officer with Linn County Parole and Probation, received a $1,000 scholarship. Dodge graduated from Dallas High School in 2014 and is entering her freshman year at the University of Oregon. She plans on studying Human Physiology.

Belleque, whose father is an institutions administrator for the department, received a $500 scholarship. Belleque is a graduate of Blanchet Catholic School and is entering her sophomore year at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, majoring in accounting. This is the second year she has been awarded a Susan M. Hunter Scholarship.

Coakley, whose father is a health services technician at Columbia River Correctional Institution, received a $500 scholarship. This is her fourth year as a Susan M. Hunter Scholarship recipient. A 2011 graduate of North Salem High School, Coakley is entering her senior year at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.

Ortiz, whose father is a correctional officer at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, received a $1,000 scholarship. Ortiz graduated from Vallivue High School in Caldwell, Idaho in 2012. She has just started her junior year at Boise State University, majoring in Criminal Justice.

The Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship is named in honor of Susan Hunter, the former chief of the prison division at the National Institute of Corrections, as a lasting tribute to her commitment to the field of corrections.

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.



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Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution returns to normal operations - 09/02/14
Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) transitioned from lockdown to normal operations today. Visiting will resume on Wednesday, September 3.

EOCI was placed on lockdown following an inmate assault and subsequent shooting on August 29. An ongoing investigation is being conducted by Oregon State Police and Umatilla County District Attorney's Office.

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.

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Jayson Matthew Withers
Jayson Matthew Withers
Shot fired at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution results in inmate death (Photo) - 08/29/14
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.

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