Officials Report In Custody Death At State Prison Salem

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An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Mark Mryczko, died on the afternoon of February 11, 2019. Mryczko was incarcerated at Oregon State Penitentiary and passed away in the infirmary while on Hospice. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

Mryczko entered DOC custody on November 13, 2014, from Lincoln County, with an earliest release date of December 2, 2021. Mryczko was 46 years old.

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.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

OSP is Oregon’s only maximum-security prison, located in Salem, and houses over 2,000 individuals. 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.

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