THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS REPORTS TWO IN-CUSTODY DEATHS

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Dion Chamblin died on October 20, 2018. He was incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) and passed away at a local hospital. Chamblin entered DOC custody on November 6, 2017 from Columbia County and his earliest release date was October 8, 2019. He was 77 years old.

Toma Amendolara died on October 19, 2018. He was incarcerated at TRCI and passed away in the institution’s hospice program. Amendolara entered DOC custody on October 27, 2015 from Clackamas County. His earliest release date was January 13, 2040. He was 72 years old. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified and the Medical Examiner will determine cause of death. Next of kin have been notified for both men.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 14,800 men and women who are incarcerated in the 14 institutions across the state.

TRCI is a multi-custody facility in Umatilla that houses more than 1,800 men.  It delivers a range of correctional services and programs including education, work opportunities, and cognitive programming.  The minimum facility opened in 1998 and the medium facility opened in 2000.

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