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Oregon State Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo) - 08/08/22

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Dennis Eugene Dunn, died August 7, 2022. Dunn was incarcerated at Oregon State Correctional Institution and passed away at a local hospital while on hospice care. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

Dunn entered DOC custody on October 30, 2017, from Clackamas County with an earliest release date of October 30, 2026. Dunn was 83 years old. 

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 12,000 individuals who are incarcerated in 12 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: Dennis E. Dunn
Snake River Correctional Institution reports in-custody death - 08/02/22

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody (AIC) died August 1, 2022. He was incarcerated at Snake River Correctional Institution and passed away in the infirmary. He tested positive for COVID-19 and was between 80 and 90 years old. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified, and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death. Department-wide, this is the forty-ninth AIC to die who tested positive for COVID-19.

For current information on COVID-19 cases inside Oregon’s prisons, please visit DOC’s COVID-19 website. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 12,000 adults in custody who are incarcerated in 12 institutions across the state. 

DOC continues stringent COVID-19 protocols. DOC properties with elevated risk status may require masks or face coverings in any indoor work setting or other indoor premises. Institutions clean and disinfect numerous times a day. DOC asks AICs to report symptoms of COVID-19 to medical staff, maintain proper hygiene, and to uphold appropriate social distancing to the extent possible. Health screening processes are in place before anyone is allowed to enter facilities.

DOC has offered COVID-19 vaccinations to all DOC staff, contractors, Oregon Corrections Enterprises employees, and AICs. DOC follows guidance from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Governor’s Office. 

Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, DOC issued a press release when an AIC passed away. This notification would include the person’s name, county of conviction, sentence length, and date of death. However, no cause of death would be listed because the Medical Examiner makes that determination. In order to balance the desire for transparency with our legal obligation to protect personal health information, we have changed the AIC death notification process when someone dies who has tested positive for COVID-19. DOC works with the Oregon Health Authority to publish COVID-19 related data and information on the OHA website.

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Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo) - 07/27/22

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Gordon Linton., died the afternoon of July 26, 2022. Linton was incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla and passed away at a local hospital. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified, and the State Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

Linton entered DOC custody on November 26, 2013, from Yamhill County with an earliest release date of August 26, 2038. Linton was 88 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 12 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.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 adults in custody. 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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Attached Media Files: Gordon Linton
Santiam Correctional Institution walk away back in custody - 07/21/22

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody who walked away from a Department of Corrections (DOC) van while being transported back to Santiam Correctional Institution (SCI) from a work crew assignment is back in custody. Jay Marsh walked away from an SCI work crew near Lebanon at approximately 2:46 p.m., Monday, July 18, 2022.

Linn County Sheriff’s Office arrested Marsh in Lebanon at approximately 11:14 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

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Adult in Custody walks away from Department of Corrections Work Crew Van (Photo) - 07/18/22

Adult in custody (AIC) Jay Boyd Marsh walked away from a Department of Corrections (DOC) van while being transported back to Santiam Correctional Institution (SCI) from a work crew assignment. While the van was stopped at a stop light outside Lebanon at Berry and Main Streets, Marsh opened the door and ran away from the van. Marsh was last seen at approximately 2:46 PM. Marsh was working on an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) work crew.

Marsh, 57, is a white male weighing 165 lbs., 5’ 9’’ tall, with brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt.

Marsh entered DOC custody on April 19, 2022, on one count of unauthorized vehicle use out of Linn County. His earliest release date is November 22, 2023.

The DOC Fugitive Apprehension Unit, Lebanon and Albany Police, and the Oregon State Police are investigating. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should contact the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888, the non-emergency number of their local police department, or the DOC Fugitive Apprehension Unit at 503-569-0734. Do not approach Fugitive Marsh.

Marsh is housed at Santiam Correctional Institution (SCI), a minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 440 adults in custody 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. SCI provides a range of other correctional programs and services including education, transition programs, and religious services. The building that is now SCI was constructed in 1946 and was originally used as an annex to the Oregon State Hospital for mental health patients. Over the years it was used for a variety of correctional purposes until, in 1990, it opened as SCI.

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Attached Media Files: Jay B. Marsh
Oregon State Penitentiary reports in-custody death (Photo) - 07/14/22

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Glen Arthur Richardson, died the afternoon of July 13, 2022. Richardson was incarcerated at Oregon State Penitentiary and passed away in the infirmary while on hospice care. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

Richardson entered DOC custody on July 15, 2008, from Polk County with an earliest release date of March 19, 2023. Richardson 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 12,000 individuals who are incarcerated in 12 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.

OSP is a multi-custody prison located in Salem that houses over 2,000 adults in custody. OSP is surrounded by a 25-foot-high wall with 10 towers. The facility has multiple special housing units including 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, 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: Glen A. Richardson