Umatilla Prison Inmate Dies


An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Morris Lewis Kopp, died the afternoon of Nov. 17. Kopp was incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) in Umatilla and passed away at a local hospital while on hospice care.

As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified.

Kopp entered DOC custody on May 20, 1997, from Deschutes County with an earliest release date Oct. 13, 2036. Kopp was 60.

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.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 adults in custody.