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News Release
Oregon State Penitentiary Reports In-Custody Death - 08/09/18

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Juan Rivas-Valles, died in the early morning on August 8, 2018. He was incarcerated at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP). As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

Rivas-Valles entered DOC custody on April 5, 1990 from Multnomah County; he was sentenced to life in DOC custody. He was 68 years old.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,700 men and women who are incarcerated in the 14 institutions across the state.

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

OSP is a multi-custody prison located in Salem that 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.

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