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Byron S. Vannatta
Byron S. Vannatta
Snake River Correctional Institution reports in-custody death - 06/13/21

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Byron S. Vannatta, died the morning of June 11, 2021. Vannatta was incarcerated at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario and passed away while on hospice care. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

Vannatta entered DOC custody on September 14, 2017, from Lane County with an earliest release date of April 29, 2032. Vannatta was 70 years old. Next of kin has been notified.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of approximately 12,000 individuals who are incarcerated in 13 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 adults in custody. 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, individuals 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.

Attached Media Files: Byron S. Vannatta
Texelle Hendricks
Texelle Hendricks
Snake River Correctional Institution reports in-custody death - 06/09/21

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Texelle Hendricks, died the morning of June 9, 2021. Hendricks was incarcerated at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario and passed away while on hospice care. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

Hendricks entered DOC custody on May 21, 2008, from Multnomah County with an earliest release date of November 25, 2027. Hendricks was 86 years old. Next of kin has been notified.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of approximately 12,600 individuals who are incarcerated in 14 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 adults in custody. 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, individuals 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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Attached Media Files: Texelle Hendricks
Paul Jackson
Paul Jackson
Oregon State Correctional Institution reports in-custody death - 05/18/21

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Paul Jackson died the evening of May 17, 2021. Jackson was incarcerated at Oregon State Correctional Institution and passed away while on hospice care. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

 

Jackson entered DOC custody on July 5, 2018, from Coos County with an earliest release date of September 29, 2024. Jackson was 74 years old. Next of kin has been notified.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 12,000 individuals who are incarcerated in 14 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

OSCI is a multi-custody prison located in Salem that houses approximately 870 adults in custody. It provides a range of correctional services and programs including education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, religious services, work crews, and transition planning. OSCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a print shop and a contact center. OSCI was established by action of the 1955 Legislature and became fully operational on June 1, 1959.

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Attached Media Files: Paul Jackson