Corrections Director James Michael Francke

Corrections Director James Michael Francke

Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon

End of Watch Tuesday, January 17, 1989

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James Michael Francke

Corrections Director Mike Francke was stabbed to death in the Oregon Department of Corrections headquarters parking lot on Bittern Street in Salem.

A former inmate of the prison system was convicted of his murder and sentenced to life in prison. In April 2019 he was released after a federal judge ordered that he be retried or released within 90 days.

Director Francke was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Oregon Department of Corrections for six years.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Released in 2019

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Director Francke,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

January 17, 2019

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