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News Release
Tyson Wilcher
Tyson Wilcher
Oregon State Penitentiary reports in-custody death (Photo) - 06/07/19

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Tyson Wilcher, died June 7, 2019. Wilcher was incarcerated at Oregon State Penitentiary. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified, and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

Tyson L. Wilcher entered DOC custody on September 27, 2011, from Multnomah County and was serving a life sentence. Wilcher was 37 years old. Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

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.

OSP is a multi-custody prison located in Salem that houses over 2,000 adults in custody. 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, work crews, and pre-release services. OSP was established in 1866 and, until 1959, was Oregon’s only prison.

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