The safety of sex offenders at two Eastern Oregon prisons has been put in the spotlight this month after a lawsuit and a series of unexpected deaths. Early February marked the third unexpected death of an inmate convicted of sex crimes in as many months at Two Rivers Correctional Institution, Umatilla.
At the same time, an inmate at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution, Pendleton, is awaiting a judge’s decision after suing the prison for separation of sex offenders from the rest of the population to protect them from other inmates. ____ ____, 41, currently serving time at EOCI after being convicted on rape and sodomy charges in Clackamas County, claims the prison is violating his eighth amendment rights to protection from cruel and unusual punishment. Full Article