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Deer Ridge Correctional Institution Reports in-Custody Death

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Neal Allen Burch, passed away May 25, 2022. He was incarcerated at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (EOCI) in Madras and passed away at the facility. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified, and the State Medical Examiner will determine cause of death. 

Neal Allen Burch entered DOC custody on January 25, 2018, from Grant County. His earliest release date was September 8, 2024. Burch was 44 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 approximately 12,000 men and women 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.

Deer Ridge Correctional Institution (DRCI) is located four miles east of Madras in central Oregon. DRCI is a multi-custody prison that currently houses 750 minimum-custody incarcerated adults. DRCI provides a range of correctional programs and services including education and trades programs, mental health treatment, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work crews. Construction began in October 2005 with the first minimum-security adults in custody (AICs) arriving in September 2007. DRCI is the largest minimum-custody facility in the state and Oregon’s newest prison.

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