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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Saturday morning of apparent natural causes at Snake River Correctional Institution. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.
At approximately 8:20 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2017, Joseph Roden, 70, was found unresponsive in the shower. Medical staff began life-saving efforts to no avail. He was pronounced deceased at 9:00 p.m.
Roden entered DOC custody on January 8, 2014, on two counts of assault in the first degree and one count of assault in the second degree out of Josephine County. His earliest release date was January 15, 2025.
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 contact center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI specializes in 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.
A butterfly recovery lab for the endangered Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly will soon be in operation at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville. The project is the result of a grant awarded to the Oregon Zoo, which will provide oversight and equipment through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
The lab will be located in a medium facility housing unit, and will expand opportunities for women in custody to gain valuable work experience as butterfly lab technicians. Along with butterfly rearing, the project will also provide gardeners training to raise the plants needed to feed the butterflies when they are in the caterpillar stage. USFWS will drop off the first egg clusters in April for the butterfly lab technicians to start raising the caterpillars to pupation phase. The pupas will be taken to a protected habitat to hatch into adult butterflies.
This butterfly recovery program meets a long-term goal of DOC's sustainability plan in several ways. Among them is the ability to bring science and nature inside the medium institution, help improve Oregon ecosystems, and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders that work with Oregon's endangered species and native plant habitat restoration projects. Opportunities like these help create collaborative, intellectually stimulating environments in which incarcerated men and women play key roles in conservation and scientific awareness.
CCCF is a multi-custody facility in Wilsonville that houses more than 1,200 women. It provides intake and evaluation of all female and male inmates committed to state custody. 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.
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Tuesday morning of apparent natural causes at a local area hospital. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.
At approximately 4:15 a.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2017, David Purcell, 72, was transported off-site for medical care. He was pronounced deceased at 5:30 a.m.
Purcell entered DOC custody on December 8, 1999, on three counts of sodomy in the first degree and one count of sexual penetration in the first degree out of Clackamas County. His earliest release date was July 21, 2025.
Attempts to notify the next of kin were unsuccessful. 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.
The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) was presented with the Recycler of the Year Award at the Mid-Valley Green Awards on Saturday, March 11, at Willamette Heritage Center. DOC was praised for its recycling and upcycling efforts of ballistic vests, shoes, and fabric; its refurbishing of furniture; and its donation efforts of hundreds of blankets to the Salem Sleeping Bag Project.
DOC's Central Distribution Center (CDC) recycled or upcycled 2.3 million pounds of backhauled commodities from its institutions in 2016 -- up from 1.6 million pounds in 2015. CDC staff worked with prison staff from across the state to collect the following items for recycling or reuse -- diverting over 750 tons of waste from landfills:
o 4,310 lbs. of ballistic vests
o 72,600 lbs. of tires
o 1,200 lbs. of printer cartridges
o 42,875 lbs. of e-waste
o 1,390,391 lbs. of cardboard/office pack paper and 219,270 lbs. of confidential shred
"DOC is a resourceful agency that is finding ways to be a better steward of our environment," said DOC Sustainability Programs Manager Chad Naugle. "I am amazed by the recycling efforts from staff and adults in custody. This Recycler of the Year award would not be possible without the dedicated staff across the department."
The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) is committed to sustainable operations to protect our natural environment and improve quality of life for healthier communities. Sustainable practices help protect natural resources, save taxpayer money, and model positive lifestyles to the adults in DOC custody.
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.
The Coffee Creek Puppy Program (CCPP) is raising funds to set up a new training area and expand the program.
CCPP has launched a Generosity fundraising page: https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/coffee-creek-puppy-program-yard-project. Portland Veterinarian Medical Association was the first to pledge ($2,000). With their support and others, CCCP is now a fourth of the way to their goal of $40,000. This will provide enough funds to establish a training area dedicated exclusively to puppy training. The expansion will require cameras and other security enhancements, fencing, K9 turf, and training equipment.
The women in custody at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville learn to train service dogs for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). The CCPP has partnered with CCI since 1995. More than 110 puppies have been placed with veterans, with hearing-impaired adults, as aids in special education classrooms, and with others needing help with daily living.
The CCPP operates solely on donations and services provided by volunteers. In partnership with CCI, the Oregon Department of Corrections offers this learning opportunity for incarcerated women and recognizes the dynamic effect it has on all involved.
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.