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Update - Warning shot fired at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution - Update - 07/22/16


News Release from Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted on FlashAlert: July 21st, 2016 4:33 PM

At approximately 2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 21, several inmates engaged in a series of fights on a recreation yard at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI). The inmates refused verbal directives to stop fighting, at which time staff administered pepper spray. The inmates continued fighting and a warning shot was fired into a designated safe area. Upon the warning shot, the inmates stopped fighting.

A total of 47 inmates were placed in special housing for their involvement in the altercations. There were no injuries reported.

The institution remains on full lockdown, and visiting is canceled until further notice. An ongoing investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the incident.

EOCI is a medium-security prison in Pendleton that houses over 1,600 male inmates. The institution is known for its Oregon Corrections Enterprises industries, including a garment factory that produces Prison Blues(C), whose products are sold in and outside the United States. Other industries are its embroidery and laundry facilities. EOCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, religious services, and inmate work crews. 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.


James Howland
James Howland
Oregon State Penitentiary reports inmate death (Photo) - 07/18/16

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

James Howland, 27, was transported off-site for medical care Friday, July 15, 2016. He was pronounced deceased on Monday, July 18, at 3:27 p.m. He had been housed at Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem.

Howland entered Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) custody on August 12, 2014 on four counts of unlawful use of a vehicle in the first degree out of Marion County. His earliest release date was January 23, 2023.

Next of kin has been notified. 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.


Attached Media Files: James Howland
Department of Corrections 65-year partnership with Department of Forestry (Photo) - 07/12/16

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) recently completed their annual fire school for adults in custody assigned to outside fire crews. This year, the two agencies continue a successful partnership into their 65th year; DOC's South Fork Forest Camp (SFFC) in Tillamook has been jointly operating with ODF since 1951. Together the two agencies provide training, skills, and mentorship to adults in custody.

ODF fire personnel joined with DOC staff to conduct week-long training courses for inmates selected through a careful screening process. Inmate crews are provided classroom and field exercises to obtain their nationally-recognized Firefighter II certification -- a certification identical to that of agency and private firefighters. In addition to those working the fire lines, other inmates are specially trained in food service operations to serve meals to thousands of firefighters stationed at fire camps, and to provide equipment repair.

The 2015 wildfire season proved challenging for DOC staff and inmates, who participated in 40 fires around the state, working side-by-side with other agencies and contract firefighters. As this year's fire season gets under way, DOC and ODF are trained and ready to serve. 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.

"Forestry considers South Fork Forest Camp an investment and relies on the value of production to be greater than the costs to run the program," said Nathan Seable, ODF Camp Manager. "In a given year, we can produce 28,000 man days of labor in support of reforestation, recreation maintenance, and wildfire suppression on state forest lands."

"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."

SFFC is minimum-security work camp that houses approximately 200 male inmates who are within four years of release. Part of SFFC's mission is to supply a ready work force to combat forest or wild fires throughout the state. Crews provide critical support for statewide fire operations, recreation, and reforestation, as well as provide support for special projects such as sign making, metal fabrication, and tool or equipment repair. SFFC was established in 1951 and is a satellite facility to CRCI and managed jointly with the Oregon Department of Forestry. It is located approximately 28 miles east of Tillamook, just off of Highway 6 along the Wilson River in the Tillamook Forest.


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DOC seeking to hire 13 Registered Nurses (Photo) - 07/06/16

The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) is hiring Registered Nurses at four locations throughout the state:
* Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville (two openings)
* Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras (one opening)
* Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem (six openings)
* Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla (four openings)

Correctional nurses play a crucial role in promoting wellness, managing treatment plans, and advocating for patients. They are part of a team of 4,500 staff members who are integral in promoting accountability and public safety. In addition to excellent benefits, DOC provides many opportunities for job rotations, promotion, and continuing professional development. Department nurses receive a 4.75 percent pay differential if they possess a bachelor's degree in nursing or a 9.5 percent differential if they hold a master's degree. These positions may be eligible for Police & Fire benefits through PERS, as defined by statute.

To meet minimum qualifications, applicants must possess a current Registered Nurse license issued by the Oregon Board of Nursing or have the ability to obtain a license by the date of appointment. Positions are full-time, part-time, temporary, limited-duration, and float-pool (irregular part-time to fill scheduled or unscheduled vacancies).

The DOC Health Services Unit is responsible for providing health care to over 14,600 adults in custody in 14 prisons across the state. It employs a full suite of certified medical practitioners including doctors, nurses, dentists, and mental health professionals. The department is dedicated to delivering professional, quality health care -- consistent with community standards -- to inmates during their incarceration. DOC focuses on providing necessary services for improving the health and well-being of those in its custody.

Applicants can view the full job description and apply online at: www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/1328798/institution-registered-nurse


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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo) - 07/03/16

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.

Inmate Rigoberto Corono-Avila, 29, was transported off-site for medical care Saturday, July 2, 2016 at approximately 3:00 p.m. He was pronounced deceased on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 6:32 a.m. He had been housed at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla.

Corono-Avila entered DOC custody on December 9, 2010, on one count of sex abuse in the first degree, one count of felony assault in the fourth degree, and one count of sex abuse in the second degree out of Marion County. His earliest release date was January 3, 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.


Attached Media Files: Corona-Avila
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility presents children's event (Photo) - 06/30/16

Every summer, an event to foster relationships between incarcerated mothers and their children -- called Through a Child's Eyes (TACE) -- is held at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville. This year the event will be July 9-10.

TACE allows incarcerated mothers to interact with their children outside the confines of the visiting room in a more normalized environment with interactive games and activities, and an outdoor barbecue. The event is a joint project between Wilsonville Rotary International and CCCF, and has been held every year since 2003.

Events of this nature 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, receive visits, and interact with their families while incarcerated are more likely to be successful when they release.

Members of the media wishing to attend TACE must be pre-approved. They may contact Vicki Reynolds at 503-570-6405 to sign up.

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.


Attached Media Files: TACE.jpg