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Jose Toscano
Jose Toscano
Inmate walkaway from Shutter Creek Correctional Institution back in custody (Photo) - 08/16/16

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate is back in custody after walking away from a Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) work crew that was working in Coos Bay in the area of the Educational Services District (ESD) offices.

SCCI staff discovered inmate Jose Ramon Toscano missing at approximately 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 16. An off-duty SCCI staff member observed Toscano in the area and contacted local law enforcement who apprehended the inmate at approximately 1:00 p.m.

Toscano entered DOC custody on January 28, 2016, on one count of delivery of methamphetamine out of Multnomah County. His earliest release date is April 6, 2019.


SCCI is a minimum-security prison in North Bend that houses approximately 286 male inmates who are within four years of release. SCCI serves as a transition and re-entry facility and is focused on cognitive programming, work programs, ad preparing inmates for return to the community. Inmates work on the institution site in the physical plant, kitchen and dining hall, warehouse, receiving and discharge, laundry, and prison grounds. Inmates also work on outside crews, primarily with the Department of Forestry, providing services throughout the year as trained wildland firefighters. Originally an Air National Guard radar station, the facility was converted into a prison in 1990.

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Attached Media Files: Jose Toscano
Jasson Ray
Jasson Ray
Update***back in custody***Inmate walks away from Columbia River Correctional Institution work crew (Photo) - 08/15/16

***UPDATE***AT APPROXIMATELY 8:52 P.M. INMATE JASSON RAY WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY U.S. MARSHALLS IN LANE COUNTY***


An inmate walked away today from a Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI) work crew near the Pittock Mansion in Portland. Oregon State Police and local law enforcement are investigating.

CRCI staff discovered inmate Jasson Ray missing at approximately 10:45 a.m., Friday, August 12. Ray is a 37-year-old Caucasian male, 5'9" tall, 260 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is most likely wearing blue jeans with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled on the knee, in orange or red shorts, and a blue t-shirt with the word "inmate" and the DOC logo stenciled in orange on the front and back.

Ray entered DOC custody on December 24, 2015, on three counts of felon in possession of a weapon out of Lane County. His earliest release date is February 15, 2019.

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

CRCI is a minimum-security facility that houses approximately 595 male inmates who are within four years of release. Located in the largest metropolitan area of the state, this facility is focused on cognitive programming, work programs, and preparing inmates for return to the community. CRCI is home to a 50-bed cognitive restructuring Alternative Incarceration Program (AIP). Individuals who successfully complete this 180-day in-prison program are released to the community for a 90-day transitional leave period. Individuals who successfully complete the transitional leave period are granted a reduction in their sentence and move to post-prison supervision. CRCI is located on a 26-acre site in northeast Portland and officially in opened in September 1990.


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Attached Media Files: Jasson Ray
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PRCF_Family_3.jpg
Powder River Correctional Facility hosts 4th Annual Family Day (Photo) - 08/10/16

Powder River Correctional Facility (PRCF) held its 4th Annual Family Day on July 30. Sixty-two adults in custody and 225 friends and family members were in attendance.

Activities included face painting, three-legged races, flower pot decorating, and more. Local community volunteers and DOC staff volunteers were on hand for a fun-filled day that has become one of PRCF's most popular and highly regarded facility events.

Family Day was created to bring families and friends together to provide a healthier understanding of the importance of their role in encouraging positive changes and the successful transition home for offenders. Events such as this are part of an overall effort to increase visiting and family engagement at all 14 Oregon Department of Corrections prisons. Research shows that those who stay connected and receive visits while incarcerated are more likely to be successful when they release.

PRCF is a minimum-security prison in Baker City that houses approximately 366 male inmates who are within four years of release. PRCF serves as a transition and re-entry facility and is focused on cognitive programming, work programs, and preparing inmates for return to the community. PRCF is home to the 128-bed New Directions (Drug and Alcohol Treatment) Alternative Incarceration Program. Individuals who successfully complete this 180-day in-prison program are released to the community for a 90-day transitional leave period. Individuals who successfully complete the transitional leave period are granted a reduction in their sentence and move to post-prison supervision. PRCF opened in November 1989.

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CCCF_Fire_Crew.jpg
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility inmates called to first fire (Photo) - 08/10/16

After attending an Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) fire school in July to qualify as wildland firefighters, a crew from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) was called to its first fire Thursday, Aug. 4.

The crew of 10 was called to a quarter acre fire off Big Rock Loop Road outside of Mulino. Along with the CCCF crew, the Molalla Fire Department and ODF responded to the fire, which was in the mop-up stage by the end of the afternoon.

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) has a longstanding partnership with ODF. Last year marked the first time women in custody were trained as firefighters. Although they saw limited action in 2015, this year, in addition to being on standby for firefighting, they will also be used for fuel reduction projects.

The firefighter training program is part of CCCF's ongoing efforts to offer opportunities that help build skills and boost self-confidence. ODF has praised the dedication and professionalism of the women's crew.

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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Tommie Norton
Tommie Norton
Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death (Photo) - 08/07/16

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died unexpectedly Saturday in a local area hospital. As with all unanticipated deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

Tommie Rae Norton, 55, was transported off-site for medical care Saturday, August 6, 2016. He was pronounced deceased on Saturday, August 6, at 11:55 a.m. He had been housed at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem.

Norton entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on July 15, 2016 on one count of identity theft out of Clackamas County. His earliest release date was February 11, 2018.

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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Attached Media Files: Tommie Norton
Penitentiary on modified operations - 08/06/16

Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) was placed on lockdown Friday, August 5, following a series of fights between inmates. The institution is currently running on modified operations and visitation is canceled until further notice.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., multiple fights broke out prompting OSP officials to place the institution on lockdown. Additional fights occurred into the evening and the following morning.

A total of 155 inmates were placed in special housing for their involvement in the altercations. Five inmates required outside medical treatment for non-life threatening injuries. No staff injuries were reported.

An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the incidents.

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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