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Suspicious powder received at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility - 11/08/19

On November 8, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) mail room received an envelope with an unknown substance. The mail room area was secured and the administration building evacuated. Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Hazardous Materials Team, the Oregon State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations are on site to evaluate the powder for any hazardous substances. Five employees were working in the mail room and two have been transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Every day, thousands of pieces of mail are received at the Department of Corrections’ (DOC) 14 institutions, and each piece is opened and examined. DOC mail room employees are a critical component of operating safe and secure institutions because they help keep drugs and other contraband out of the state’s prisons.

This is the second evacuation of the CCCF administration building in the last two months. On September 11, mail room employees received an envelope with an unknown substance. The four mail room employees were decontaminated and transported to a local hospital with minor symptoms. The Oregon State Police investigated and determined the substance to be non-biological and a non-controlled substance.

CCCF is a multi-custody prison located in Wilsonville accommodating 1,260 adults in custody. The prison has cell and dormitory housing, 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 individuals committed to state custody by the courts. The intake center houses approximately 400 adults in custody. CCCF’s minimum facility opened in 2001, and the medium facility opened in 2002.

Stephen Kessler
Stephen Kessler
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo) - 11/08/19

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Stephen Kessler, died the evening of November 7, 2019.  Kessler was incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla and passed away while on hospice at the facility. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

Kessler entered DOC custody on October 1, 1982, from Multnomah County with an earliest release date of October 1, 2052. Kessler was 76 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 14,700 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.

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 repair 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: Stephen Kessler
Terry L. Allen
Terry L. Allen
Two Rivers Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo) - 11/05/19

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Terry Lee Allen, died the evening of November 4, 2019.  Allen was incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla and passed away while on hospice at the facility. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

Allen entered DOC custody on June 29, 2015, from Deschutes County with an earliest release date of November 30, 2022.  Allen was 68 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 14,700 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.

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 repair 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: Terry L. Allen
Carl A. Hagnas
Carl A. Hagnas
Snake River Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (photo) (Photo) - 10/31/19

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Carl Axel Hagnas, died the morning of October 31, 2019. Hagnas was incarcerated at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified, and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death. 

Hagnas entered DOC custody on January 10, 2019, from Clatsop County with an earliest release date of November 23, 2023. Hagnas 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 14,700 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: Carl A. Hagnas
Stephen G. Johnston
Stephen G. Johnston
Snake River Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (photo) (Photo) - 10/17/19

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Stephen Gregory Johnston, died the morning of October 17, 2019. Johnston was incarcerated at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario and passed away at a local hospital while on hospice. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified. 

Johnston entered DOC custody on February 20, 2018, from Jackson County with an earliest release date of October 4, 2021. Johnston was 59 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 14,700 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: Stephen G. Johnston
Robert J. Hunt
Robert J. Hunt
Columbia River Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo) - 10/15/19

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Robert James Hunt, died October 11, 2019. Hunt was incarcerated at Columbia River Correctional Institution (CRCI) in Portland and passed away in a local hospital. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified. 

Hunt entered DOC custody on June 22, 2010, from Douglas County with an earliest release date of September 17, 2026. Hunt was 79 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 14,700 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.

CRCI is a minimum-security prison that houses approximately 595 adults in custody who are within four years of release. Located in the largest metropolitan area of the state, this facility is focused on cognitive programming, alcohol and drug programming, work programs, and preparing for return to the community. CRCI has two alcohol and drug/cognitive restructuring alternative incarceration programs (AIP). Individuals who successfully complete this 180-day-in-prison program are released to the community for a 90-day transitional leave period. CRCI is located on a 26-acre site in northeast Portland and officially in opened in September 1990.

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Attached Media Files: Robert J. Hunt