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Nearly 80 Oregon Prison Inmates Died Between 2010-2011- Most 'Unreported' Says APTim King Salem-News.com
AP reports: "Most Oregon prison deaths unreported to public; 79 inmates died in custody on 2010-2011".
(SALEM) - A new story about Oregon prison deaths by The Associated Press, Most Oregon prison deaths unreported to public; 79 inmates died in custody on 2010-2011 confirms many things we have reported, albeit very much without support from other Oregon media, until now.
The AP article published out of the Midwest, in Columbus, Indiana, was sourced from Salem's daily newspaper, the Statesman Journal, which until now, has been anything but belicose when it comes to fighting for inmate justice, or representing minorities.
We've been screaming about extremely serious issues in the prison system for years, alone and ignored by Salem's 'local daily' because we are not in lock step with the government, the way the Statesman Journal has been. It was so bad at one point that a large protest of this newspaper's reporting practices was held. (Demonstrators Protest Local Newspaper Over Racism)
Today I feel differently about this organization, in fact I applaud them. Today, the team at this paper served the public at large.
In fact the SJ also reported that the state has no plan to change its policies, and that these prisoners will die in silence in Oregon's publicly funded institutions. This is unheard of in the past, prisons were never traditionally allowed to legally conceal this information. The state of Oregon only intends to notify the public of, "certain high-profile or notorious inmates".
According to the Columbus, Indiana, Republic:
Oregon's archaic, embarrassing laws that lock people up for smoking pot and consider sex between an 18-year old and a 17-year old '3rd Degree Rape', have naturally led to an explosive prison population, many times larger than what it ever was in the past, when moral fiber was still interwoven into the life patterns of officials.
Oregon officials figured out a long time ago that prison is a lucrative business and that between bribery, extortion, prostitution and drug and cigarette dealing, hell cattle rustling, (true story) tons of money could be made and laundered to appear as legitimate.
Then of course, you need a state literally packed with officials willing to ignore things like the Murder of Prison Director Michael Francke, a crime falsely hung on a patsy who never could or would have committed. The episode in Oregon's legal legacy is so far fetched, that it was featured in an episode of 'America's Most Wanted' after it was adjudicated.
Today, a degree of hope found its way into the public consciousness, let's hope the SJ is on an upswing, and will continue to show more responsibility.
__________________________________________________________________Previous articles about Oregon's prisons:
Jan-19-2012: Housing Inmates Who Make Death Threats... with their Intended Victims - Tim King Salem-News.com
Dec-19-2011: Does Oregon's Government Simply Hate Black People? - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-27-2011: DNA Evidence Should Free Oregon Inmate Terrence Kimble from Prison
May-04-2011 Is There An Oregon Attorney Who Cares About Civil Rights?Tim King Salem-News.com
May-31-2011: Snitch Sheets, Unresolved Murder and Severe Tobacco Crimes - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-10-2011: Reader Commentary: Can Oregon Government Change its Spots? - Salem-News.com
Mar-10-2011: Civil Rights Case in Salem Demonstrates the Power of a 911 Call - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-09-2011: Civil Rights Under the Gavel of Justice - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-08-2011: Oregon State Hospital and Staff Member Face Racism Charges Over Employee Termination - Tim King Salem-News.com
Mar-04-2011: How Far will Oregon Legal Officials go to Prevent Due Process? - Tim King Salem-News.com
Dec-27-2010: The 'Trickle Down' Effect of Whistleblower Retaliation - Tim King Salem-News.com
Dec-01-2010: Oregon Political Prisoner Being Stripped of Phone Use - Tim King Salem-News.com
Nov-25-2010: Tim King and Ruth Kovacs on KBOO's Prison Pipeline (AUDIO) - Salem-News.com
Nov-22-2010: Tim King on KBOO FM's Prison Pipeline Tonight - Salem-News.com
Nov-16-2010: Federal Mail Tampering at Oregon State Prison? - Tim King Salem-News.com
Oct-29-2010: A Witness With No Credibility - Tim King Salem-News.com
Oct-27-2010: Inmate's Life Threatened by Staff at SRCI - Tim King Salem-News.com
Oct-21-2010: Oregon Inmate Stabbing Victim Attacked Second Time - Tim King Salem-News.com
Sep-10-2010: Demonstrators Call Oregon State Hospital's Employment Practices Racist, Unacceptable - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-28-2010: Observations on Michael Francke's Murder, Frank Gable's Conviction, & the paid Confession of 'Shorty' Harden - Salem-News.com
Aug-25-2010: Whistleblower Blues: Man in the Hole - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-11-2010: Demonstrators Protest Local Newspaper Over Racism - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-05-2010: Evidence Shows Oregon Inmate Was Falsely Convicted - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-03-2010: Chicken Night at the Oregon State Penitentiary - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-21-2010: Eyes on the Oregon State Prison: Voicing Concern for an Inmate's Life - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-14-2010: State Prison Whistleblower Says Oregon Corrections is Blocking Federal Mail - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-05-2010: A Denial of Civil Rights- Oregon's Collaboration in Racism Whistleblower Retaliation - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-26-2010: Getting Refamiliarized with the Murder of Michael Francke - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-23-2010: Local Media Downplayed Former Prison Guard's Struggle Against Racism - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-18-2010: Exposé: Skeletons Falling Out of the Closet of Oregon Corrections - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-17-2010: Scott McAlister: Child Porn-Related Conviction and Practicing Law - Tim King Salem-News.com
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