Death - Snake River Correctional Institution reports in-custody death
January 23 2022
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Snake River Correctional Institution reports in-custody death



Snake River Correctional Institution reports in-custody death

Story by Oregon Herald Staff
Published on January 1, 2022 7:07 AM
An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Robert Lee Shaft, died the afternoon of December 30, 2021. Shaft was incarcerated at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario and passed away in the infirmary while on hospice care. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

Shaft entered DOC custody on February 20, 1990, from Multnomah County with no parole date. Shaft was 67 years old.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of approximately 12,000 individuals who are incarcerated in 13 institutions across the state. While crime information is public record, DOC elects to disclose only upon request out of respect for any family or victims.

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 adults in custody. SRCI has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an administrative segregation unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a contact center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI specializes in incentive housing, specialized housing, individuals with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.