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News Release
Gary Schurgin
Gary Schurgin
Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo) - 11/05/18

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Gary Schurgin died on November 4, 2018. He was incarcerated at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution (EOCI) and passed away in the institution’s hospice program. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

Schurgin entered DOC custody on November 2, 2016 from Clatsop County.  His earliest release date was June 21, 2022. He was 53 years old.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,900 men and women who are incarcerated in the 14 institutions across the state. Next of kin has been notified.

EOCI is a multi-custody prison located in Pendleton that houses over 1,700 male inmates. The institution is known for its Oregon Corrections Enterprises industries, including a garment factory that produces Prison Blues©, whose products are sold in and outside the United States. Other industries are its embroidery and laundry facilities. EOCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, religious services, and inmate work crews. The buildings that make up EOCI were constructed in 1912 and 1913 and were originally used as a state mental hospital. After two years of renovation, EOCI received its first inmates in June 1985.

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