Prisoner Walks Away from Work Crew Van While Stopped at Red Light

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Salem, Ore. – Jordan Stephens walked away from a Department of Corrections (DOC) van while being transported back to Santiam Correctional Institution (SCI) from a work crew assignment. While the van was stopped at a traffic light between Liberty and High Street in Salem, Stephens opened the door and ran away from the van. Stephens was last seen at approximately 3:15 PM yesterday.


Stephens escaped prisoner Oregon

Jordan Stephens, 27 is a white male weighing 180 lbs., 6’ 3’’ tall, with hazel eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and an orange blue shirt.

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Stephens entered DOC custody on December 14, 2021, on three counts of unauthorized vehicle use out of Jefferson, Douglas, and Marion Counties. His earliest release date is August 24, 2023. He was housed at SCI and was working on the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) work crew.


The DOC Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the Oregon State Police are investigating. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should contact the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888, the non-emergency number of their local police department, or the DOC Fugitive Apprehension Unit at 503-569-0734. Do not approach fugitive Stephens.

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Santiam Correctional Institution (SCI), a minimum-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 440 adults in custody who are within four years of release. The facility concentrates on work opportunities, most of which are in the form of work crews contracting with state agencies, local organizations, and private industries within a 60-mile radius of Salem. SCI provides a range of other correctional programs and services including education, transition programs, and religious services. The building that is now SCI was constructed in 1946 and was originally used as an annex to the Oregon State Hospital for mental health patients. Over the years it was used for a variety of correctional purposes until, in 1990, it opened as SCI.


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