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Default How the Oregon DOC handles inmate death

(mods, could you please sticky this?)

Most of you, with any luck, will never need to know this, but here it is anyway, in case you do.

1. Immediately after an inmate dies, the area is cordoned off as a crime scene and the state police are called to investigate.

2. After the state police have conducted their investigation, the medical examiner is called. If the medical examiner is satisfied with the given cause of death, he releases the body to the contracted mortuary. If the medical examiner is not satisfied, he takes the body to the county morgue for an "examination" (aka "autopsy").

3. Once the medical examiner has released the body, a DOC contracted mortuary is notified and they retrieve the body.

4. The prison has 72 hours to notify next of kin. They will notify whoever is listed on the inmates intake paperwork. If your loved one needs to update that notification, I suggest you strongly remind him/her to do so.

5. Either someone from the prison Director's office or someone from Chaplain Services will notify the next of kin. That person, in theory, will also be responsible for notifying next of kin of when and where they can pick up their loved one's personal possessions as well as notifying next of kin of the name and telephone number of the mortuary.

6. If the family lacks the means to dispose of the remains, DOC will pay for cremation. If the family has the means to dispose of the remains, they can contact the contracted mortuary and ask that they transfer the body to a different mortuary.

I sincerely hope that no one here ever needs this information.

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