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Matthew Tracy
Matthew Tracy
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility Reports Inmate Death (Photo) - 11/20/17

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died this morning of natural causes at an area hospital. His death was expected.

Matthew Tracy, 65, was pronounced deceased at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Monday, November 20, 2017. He had been housed at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility Intake Center in Wilsonville.

Tracy entered DOC custody on September 21, 2017 on three counts of sex abuse in the first degree out of Jackson County. His earliest release date was May 31, 2026.

Next of kin has been notified.

CCCF is a multi-custody prison located 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: Matthew Tracy
Blatchley, Timothy
Blatchley, Timothy
Oregon State Penitentiary Reports Inmate Death (Photo) - 11/08/17

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died expectantly Tuesday night of natural causes; he had been on Hospice, housed at Oregon State Penitentiary.

Timothy Blatchley, 62, was pronounced deceased at 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Blatchley entered DOC custody on October 11, 2016, on three counts of Delivering Methamphetamine out of Lane County; he was serving a 36 month sentence.

Next of kin has been notified.

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: Blatchley, Timothy
Mark S. Buckner
Mark S. Buckner
Snake River Correctional Institution reports inmate death (Photo) - 10/30/17

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) inmate died Monday afternoon of apparent natural causes at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario. As with all deaths in state prisons, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At approximately 2:13 p.m., Monday, October 30, 2017, Mark Buckner, 56, stated he wasn't feeling well to his cellmate who alerted SRCI staff. Security and medical staff began life-saving efforts to no avail. He was pronounced deceased at 2:30 p.m.

Buckner entered DOC custody on November 3, 2011, on five counts of sodomy in the first degree, 20 counts of sexual penetration in the first degree, and one count of sex abuse in the first degree out of Clatsop County. His earliest release date was April 26, 2058.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. 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, inmates 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: Mark S. Buckner
Updated Settlement Agreement Attached****Department of Corrections Director Peters' statement on State's settlement with Michalle Wright - 10/24/17

***Updated Settlement Agreement Attached***

A settlement has been reached in Wright v. Peters, 16-cv-1998. The terms of the settlement agreement are indicated in the attached settlement agreement and release of claims. Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) Director Colette Peters made the following statement:

"Although ODOC disagreed with many of the allegations in this litigation, we never disputed the basic principles that transgender individuals within our care and custody should have access to quality medical and mental health care, and that they should be treated in a respectful, inclusive manner. The settlement agreement in this case affirms and reinforces ODOC's commitments to these principles, and allows ODOC to move forward with these commitments without further litigation.

I am proud of the work that ODOC has done in this area. ODOC has been a national leader in developing progressive policies for the care and treatment of the transgender individuals in our care and custody. The commitments set forth in this settlement agreement are a continuation of that leadership. In addition, I am proud of ODOC's longstanding, collaborative relationship with Basic Rights Oregon (BRO), and we look forward to working with BRO on the development of medical protocols for the treatment of Gender Dysphoria.

I wish Ms. Wright success in her further endeavors. ODOC will not have any additional comment on this settlement."