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Inmate's Life Threatened by Staff at SRCI
Tim King Salem-News.com
Prisoner who helped reveal racism believes he is in serious peril.
(ONTARIO, Ore.) - We have reported at length on the plight of black inmates in the Oregon state prison system; people whose lives have been in jeopardy for helping expose racism in the Oregon State Prison (OSP) and the Snake River Correctional Institute (OSCI).
Terrence Kimble is serving a sentence for a crime he could not possibly have committed, but that is a separate issue. In April 2010, he testified in court for former Corrections Officer William Coleman, who filed a Whistleblower claim over racism taking place in the prison.
Since going to bat for Coleman, Kimble has been transferred from the Oregon State Prison in Salem, to the Snake River institution hundreds of miles into eastern Oregon, near the Idaho border, and little else.
Kimble has been placed in 'the hole' for alleged violations of the prison's rules; that is pretty harsh from what I am told. Then this week his luck took a turn for the worse.
He says he was approached by guards in SRCI who threatened his life over information he was revealing "in the Coleman case."
It looks like our continual flow of stories is having an impact, and the interesting part is that not one single state official from the Department of Corrections (DOC) or any other agency has contacted us to criticize the reporting. Believe me, if we were wrong they would be all over us.
There is a good deal of information on Kimble's case being gathered for a separate story that will be published in the coming days. That relates to Kimble's efforts to appeal his conviction and a public effort underway to bring about his release.
If we hear additional reports of Kimble being threatened, we will determine the names of the SRCI guards and publish them and then we will take the matter to the Governor's office, the state police; etc. If we present the information, it will be taken seriously.
Previous Installments in this series:
Oct-21-2010: Oregon Inmate Stabbing Victim Attacked Second Time - Tim King Salem-News.com
Sep-10-2010: Demonstrators Call Oregon State Hospital's Employment Practices Racist, Unacceptable - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-28-2010: Observations on Michael Francke's Murder, Frank Gable's Conviction, & the paid Confession of 'Shorty' Harden - Salem-News.com
Aug-25-2010: Whistleblower Blues: Man in the Hole - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-11-2010: Demonstrators Protest Local Newspaper Over Racism - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-05-2010: Evidence Shows Oregon Inmate Was Falsely Convicted - Tim King Salem-News.com
Aug-03-2010: Chicken Night at the Oregon State Penitentiary - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-21-2010: Eyes on the Oregon State Prison: Voicing Concern for an Inmate's Life - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-14-2010: State Prison Whistleblower Says Oregon Corrections is Blocking Federal Mail - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jul-05-2010 : A Denial of Civil Rights- Oregon's Collaboration in Racism Whistleblower Retaliation - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-26-2010: Getting Refamiliarized with the Murder of Michael Francke - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-23-2010: Local Media Downplayed Former Prison Guard's Struggle Against Racism - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-18-2010: Exposé: Skeletons Falling Out of the Closet of Oregon Corrections - Tim King Salem-News.com
Jun-17-2010: Scott McAlister: Child Porn-Related Conviction and Practicing Law - Tim King Salem-News.com
Great resources on the Michael Francke Murder:
Michael Francke - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Blue Oregon - Who killed Michael Francke?
Ex-employee supports corruption claims - by Jim Redden Portland Tribune
Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.
Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. As News Editor, Tim among other things, is responsible for publishing the original content of 65 Salem-News.com writers. He reminds viewers that emails are easily missed and urges those trying to reach him, to please send a second email if the first goes unanswered. You can send Tim an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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