Snake River Corrections Inmate From Jackson County Dies In Custody

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Jack A. Sterling died on February 12, 2022.

Sterling was incarcerated at Snake River Correctional Institution and passed away at a local hospital. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified, and the State Medical Examiner will determine cause of death.

Sterling entered DOC custody on December 7, 2006, from Jackson County with a life sentence. Sterling was 75 years old. Next of kin has been notified.

DOC takes all in-custody deaths seriously. The agency is responsible for the care and custody of 12,000 individuals who are incarcerated in 12 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.

Courtesy of Oregon Dept of Corrections

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