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Snake River Correctional Institution reports inmate death - 04/15/15
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 11:25 p.m., Monday, April 13, inmate John McKinley's cellmate alerted staff that McKinley, 53, needed medical attention. McKinley was found unresponsive, at which time staff began CPR. He was pronounced dead at 12:18 a.m. McKinley entered DOC custody on November 19, 2008, on one count of sodomy in the first degree and one count of unlawful use of a weapon out of Multnomah County. His earliest release date was March 3, 2038.

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.


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Jason M. Touch
Jason M. Touch
Inmate walks away from Mill Creek Correctional Facility work crew (Photo) - 04/14/15
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate walked away this morning from Mill Creek Correctional Facility (MCCF) work crew near Philomath. Oregon State Police are investigating.

MCCF staff discovered inmate Jason M. Touch missing at approximately 9:30 a.m., April 14. Touch is a 36-year-old Hispanic male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 155 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Touch 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.

Touch entered DOC custody on October 22, 1998, on one count of robbery in the first degree out of Multnomah County. His earliest release date is January 13, 2019.

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

MCCF is an unfenced, minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 290 male inmates who are within four years of release. The facility concentrates on work opportunities, most of which are in the form of work crews contracting with state agencies, local organizations, and private industries within a 60-mile radius of Salem. MCCF opened in 1929 as the Farm Annex of the Oregon State Penitentiary, housing 50 adult male offenders. The Farm Annex provided all of the milk, eggs, meat, fruit, and vegetables for the Oregon State Penitentiary and the State Hospital. The main building (as well as many of the out buildings that made up the farm) still stands today and, at 81 years old, it makes for the second oldest prison in the state.

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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death - 03/27/15
An inmate died unexpectedly Thursday evening at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

Staff found inmate George Phillip Murphy, Jr., 70, in the infirmary unresponsive. Attempts were made to resuscitate him, and paramedics were called to the scene. Murphy was pronounced deceased at 7:10 p.m.

Murphy entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on September 30, 2004, on one count of sexual penetration in the second degree out of Coos County. His earliest release date was February 27, 2017.

Next of kin has been notified. 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.


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Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death - 03/23/15
An Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) inmate died unexpectedly Saturday evening. As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 7:00 p.m. on March 21, inmate Richard Paul Thompson, Jr., 62, was found unresponsive in his cell. He was pronounced deceased at 7:19 p.m.

Thompson entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on March 29, 2005, on one count of coercion, two counts of assault IV, one count of rape I, and one count of kidnapping I, all out of Deschutes County. His earliest release date was January 20, 2021.

No other details are available at this time.

OSP is Oregon's only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and houses over 2,000 male inmates. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including death row, disciplinary segregation, behavioral health, intermediate care housing, and an infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care. OSP participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including the furniture factory, laundry, metal shop, and contact center. It provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, work-based education, inmate work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon's only prison.

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VINE(R) service technical difficulties resolved - 03/23/15
On Friday, March 20, 2015, the Oregon VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) Service experienced a temporary technical issue. As a result, many registrants received notifications that contained incorrect inmate custody status information. At this time, the technical issue responsible for that error has been resolved. The Oregon VINE Service will soon be fully operational and will continue to inform registrants of changes in offenders' custody status.

During the Department of Corrections' regularly scheduled offender database maintenance, a large offender data file was accidently produced and sent to the VINE system in error. As a result, 8,746 erroneous notifications pertaining to 1,891 offenders were made.

VINE/DOC used AlertXpress to notify those affected that the offender release messages were sent in error Friday night. If that first alert was not successful, another was sent Saturday morning. An additional alert was sent today informing all Oregon VINE registrants that the technical issue has been resolved.

In addition to the alert express, victims and members of the public can check on the current status of inmates in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) at any time by using the Oregon Offender Search: http://docpub.state.or.us/OOS/intro.jsf.

DOC and Appriss apologize for the erroneous notifications, and are confident that this will not happen again. Several precautionary measures are being taken to prevent a similar event from reoccurring.

Oregon launched the statewide VINE service in 2001, becoming the 11th state to adopt the program. Oregon VINE, available in both English and Spanish, monitors offenders being held in county jails, Oregon Department of Corrections facilities, Oregon Youth Authority facilities, and individuals who are currently on community supervision. The program has sent more than 10 million notifications since its implementation.

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VINE(R) service experiences technical difficulties - 03/20/15
Oregon's VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) system experienced a major technical glitch Friday evening. Routine system maintenance appears to have triggered numerous notifications to victims in error. The contractor for the service, Appriss, is working on the repair, and will issue an "alert express" this evening, which will alert everyone who received an erroneous notification.

In addition to the alert express, victims and members of the public can check on the current status of inmates in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) by using the Oregon Offender Search: http://docpub.state.or.us/OOS/intro.jsf. DOC and Appriss apologize for the erroneous notifications, and are committed to remedying the issue as soon as possible.

Oregon launched the statewide VINE service in 2001, becoming the 11th state to adopt the program. Oregon VINE, available in both English and Spanish, monitors offenders being held in county jails, Oregon Department of Corrections facilities, Oregon Youth Authority facilities, and individuals who are currently on community supervision. The program has sent more than 10 million notifications since its implementation.

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