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Inmate Shawn Friese
Inmate Shawn Friese
***Update*** Inmates escapes from Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in North Bend (Photo) - 11/18/15
UPDATE: Shawn Friese is back in custody. Law enforcement officials arrested him this morning at approximately 11:10 a.m. near North Bend. No others details are available at this time.

***End Update***

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate escaped this afternoon from Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) in North Bend. Oregon State Police is responding.

SCCI staff discovered inmate Shawn James Friese missing at approximately 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 17.

Friese is a 38-year-old Caucasian male, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 195 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.

Friese entered DOC custody on September 3, 2015, on one count of burglary in the second degree and one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle out of Douglas County. His earliest release date is July 28, 2019.

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

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, and 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.

Attached Media Files: Inmate Shawn Friese
Meet three dogs up for adoption from Two Rivers Correctional Institution (Photo) - 11/12/15
Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) has three loveable dogs looking for their forever homes. PetSmart in Kennewick will be hosting an adoption on Saturday, November 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is invited to stop in and meet Cody, Reba, and Spot. Adoption applications will be available, along with the opportunity to meet and interact with the dogs. PetSmart is located at 6807 W. Canal Dr., Kennewick, WA.

The dogs are part of TRCI's Rehabilitating Offenders and Canines Program (ROC). Each dog is trained in basic commands and received the American Kennel Club Good Citizen certification. The adoption fee is $150. All dogs are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and microchipped. For more information please contact (541) 922-2029. Applications are available at http://www.oregon.gov/doc/OPS/PRISON/pages/trci.aspx

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.

Attached Media Files: Cody , Reba , Spot
Deputy Director Kim Brockamp and PRCF Superintendent Brad Cain visit with Health Services Manager, Vicki Clark.
Deputy Director Kim Brockamp and PRCF Superintendent Brad Cain visit with Health Services Manager, Vicki Clark.
Powder River Correctional Facility hosts 2nd Public Talk (Photo) - 11/10/15
On October 22 Powder River Correctional Facility (PRCF) hosted its 2nd Public Talk. The Public Talk was developed to provide a platform for community members to connect, including public officials, business leaders, volunteers, and staff. Attendees came together in a positive way to share resources with adults in custody as they prepare for release. The event was attended by more than 60 people.

Department of Corrections (DOC) Deputy Director Kim Brockamp opened the event by sharing the department's mission of ensuring that adults in custody are offered tools to succeed and are given a safe environment to learn. During her remarks, Ms. Brockamp stressed that DOC's role is not to punish, but rather foster and help those incarcerated become better citizens upon release.

Former inmate and guest speaker Casey Bailey shared some of the struggles he faced upon release, such as obtaining a driver's license and social security card. Ms. Brockamp was able to update the group on DOC's efforts to help those in custody obtain both of these critical pieces of documentation.

Jake Jacobs and Bob Savage with Oregon Small Business Organization were also in attendance. Both men have volunteered a significant amount of time working with incarcerated individuals who are interested in developing small businesses upon release. Adults in custody are afforded this opportunity through the Small Business Program at PRCF. During the six-month program, participants are given the tools to research and learn the fundamentals of business, practice communication skills, and study basic fundamentals of computers. At the end of the course, they prepare a presentation to share with the community. They are able to talk in an open forum and field questions from community members about their business plan. Mr. Jacobs asked the audience to consider this, "We, the community, have an obligation to be part of the solution as these men will be your neighbor someday, and we need to do whatever we can to break down the barriers they face upon release."

Mr. Cain, PRCF Superintendent said, "It is encouraging to see the community come together in support of the adults in custody, and it was apparent they had a sincere interest in being part of the solution for their successful re-entry." The Oregon Small Business Organization plans to extend their resources to other facilities in the future.

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.

Watering trailer at CCCF revamped by women in custody.
Watering trailer at CCCF revamped by women in custody.
CCCF inmates create watering system for grounds (Photo) - 11/09/15
In the fight for water conservation, women in custody who work in the welding, wood, and paint shops at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) recently revamped an old utility trailer to create a more efficient watering system, which helps reduce water waste.

The women in the paint shop disassembled an old trailer to sand, repaint, and reassemble. The women in the wood shop cut and fitted a new wood floor with scrap lumber and then finished it with lacquer. From unused corrugated metal, the women in the welding shop built a rack to hold two 55 gallon tanks made from soap drums. The tanks are mechanized with a pump run by batteries. The new system allows for watering plants only where it is needed, thus reducing waste in a limited water supply.

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.

A fire crew member digs out a hotspot at the Stout Creek fire.
A fire crew member digs out a hotspot at the Stout Creek fire.
Department of Corrections crews in the thick of the firefight this summer (Photo) - 11/06/15
During the severe 2015 wildfire season, the State of Oregon and its federal and local partners put everything they had into the fight. Included in the mix was a resource not well-known to most Oregonians: prison inmates. Formed into 10-person crews, these nationally certified firefighters helped fill the gap when conventional forces became scarce at the season's peak.

All told, 330 inmates from ten Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) institutions logged 1,187 crew days at 40 fires around the state. Unified by the Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) mission to put out fires at the smallest size possible, the inmate firefighters worked side-by-side with agency and contract firefighters.

"The corrections crews have always been a great asset to ODF," said Karen Swearingen, ODF's fire operations manager. "They perform year-round forestry-related activities as well as fire suppression duties during fire season. They are a valued partner in the complete and coordinated system."

Preparation for the firefight began last spring. ODF fire personnel joined with DOC staff to conduct week-long training courses for inmates selected through a careful screening process. Those selected for the crews are low-risk offenders. Inmates that successfully completed the combined classroom and field exercises attained "Firefighter II" certification, identical to that of agency and private firefighters. In addition to those working the fire lines, other inmates specially trained in food service operations by DOC were formed into camp crews, who prepared and served meals to thousands of firefighters in fire camps set up at large incidents.

The DOC crews saw plenty of action, as extreme weather conditions spawned fires from spring into mid-October. Crews were out on fires lasting from 1 day to 36 days. Overall in 2015, an estimated $2,158,000 was saved because of this collaboration.

Here are highlights of the inmate fire crews' accomplishments from around the state.

Deer Ridge Correctional Facility (Madras)
Crews responded to seven different fires - four times as fire suppression crews and three times as kitchen/camp support crews.

Mill Creek Correctional Facility (Salem)
Fire suppression crews responded to 11 fires, including one as camp support. Additionally, they responded to numerous in-district day fires.

Powder River Correctional Facility (Baker City)
Crews responded to seven different fires, sending out a total of 10 different crews of both fire suppression and kitchen/camp support crews.

Santiam Correctional Institution (Salem)
Crews responded to three different fires as kitchen/camp support.

Shutter Creek Correctional Facility (North Bend)
Adults in custody responded to nine fires, mostly as fire suppression crews, but also sent out kitchen/camp support crews to several fires. SCCI also sent crews out on numerous days to conduct severity fire watches in areas that were expecting fire-causing conditions.

Snake River Correctional Institution (Ontario)
Crews responded to nine different fires - several times as fire suppression crews and the rest as kitchen/camp support.

South Fork Forest Camp (Tillamook)
Fire suppression crews responded to 18 fires, while kitchen/camp support crews were sent out to several fires.

Two Rivers Correctional Institution (Umatilla)
Seven crews responded to fires as kitchen/camp support.

Warner Creek Correctional Facility (Lakeview)
Camp support crews responded to two fires.

In addition to providing fire crews and support crews, DOC also supports ODF through its sack lunch program. This year, inmates at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (Wilsonville), Powder River Correctional Facility (Baker City), and Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (Madras) prepared, packaged, and delivered 33,610 lunches for both inmate and civilian firefighters throughout the state.

"We are extremely proud of our long-standing, mutually beneficial partnership with Forestry," said DOC Director Colette S. Peters. "The adults in DOC's custody who participate in fire season gain essential skills and experience, which are vital to successful reintegration from prison to home. ODF gains talented, qualified workers who enhance their workforce while reducing overall costs to taxpayers. Together we accomplish great things and are proud to serve the citizens of Oregon."

As this year's fire season comes to a close, DOC and ODF would like to recognize the staff members and firefighting crews who participated throughout the year. Not only does the fire program save the state millions of dollars, it provides DOC's low-risk offenders with the tools they need for future work opportunities, which helps prepare them for re-entry into the community.