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News Release
William Heyser
William Heyser
The Oregon Department of Corrections reports two in-custody deaths (Photo) - 01/11/19

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Lincoln Baker, died on the morning of January 11, 2019. He was incarcerated at Oregon State Penitentiary and passed away in the Infirmary while receiving hospice care. 

Baker entered DOC custody on October 10, 2016, from Multnomah County.  His earliest release date was August 22, 2019. He was 59 years old.

DOC adult in custody, William Heyser died on January 10, 2019. He was incarcerated at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) and passed away at a local hospital.

William Heyser entered DOC custody on May 31, 2016 from Multnomah County.  His earliest release date was March 27, 2033. He was 55 years old. Next of kin have been notified for both men.

As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death. 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.

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.

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: William Heyser , Lincoln Baker
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