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SRCI snow cones
SRCI snow cones
Snake River Correctional Institution hosts event to strengthen father/child relationships (Photo) - 07/30/15
Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) held a "Dads4Life" family picnic on July 17. The program is designed to help meet the needs of incarcerated fathers and their children. The event hosted 25 inmates and their families, and included a barbeque lunch, games, face-painting, and other activities. SRCI staff helped create a very enjoyable and relaxed event for the families.

The Dads4Life event is based on the Children and Families component of the Oregon Accountability Model, which encourages productive relationships between families and inmates to strengthen ties and increase the likelihood of success upon release. Research has found that communication between incarcerated parents and their children has the ability to improve child development, increase the caregivers' mental and physical health, and decrease incarcerated parents' levels of stress.

Research also shows that visiting can significantly reduce recidivism. While it can be challenging for incarcerated fathers to stay connected with their children, SRCI (the state's largest prison) is taking steps to lessen the impact of that challenge by providing men in custody with unique opportunities to improve relationships with their children.

"While our visiting center meets the basic needs of adults in custody, events like Dads4Life help meet the specific needs of fathers and children," said Superintendent Mark Nooth. "We are providing an opportunity for families to participate in activities that closely mirror what they can be doing after they are released - spending quality family time together, eating, and having some fun. These moments help build stronger family relationships, which are not only good for the visiting family members, but helpful in the rehabilitation of the fathers."

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 male inmates. SRCI has multiple special housing units including disciplinary segregation, intensive management, infirmary (with hospice) with 24-hour nursing care, and an administrative segregation unit. SRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including a contact center, laundry, and sign shop. SRCI specializes in incentive housing, specialized housing, inmates with mental health/medical vulnerabilities, education and trades programs, cognitive and parenting programs, and institution work programs. SRCI opened in 1991 and is the largest correctional institution in the state.

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Pow Wow participants at OSCI
Pow Wow participants at OSCI
Oregon State Correctional Institution hosts Pow Wow (Photo) - 07/30/15
Native American people from all walks of life and tribal heritage came together at Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI) on July 26 to celebrate and honor the Creator for His many blessings through song, dance, and drumming. The celebration gave inmates the opportunity to honor warriors (veterans) for their sacrifices; Mother Earth for the cycle of life; those who have passed; elders, women, and families; and the Native American heritage and culture. Fifty-four inmates, three volunteers, ten tribal representatives, 15 family members, and eight staff participated in the event.

"The challenge for incarcerated Native Americans is to "walk in beauty" and to develop a connection spiritually with themselves, the community, and the earth. Pow Wow and the connection to the larger Native American population is a positive move in that direction. Eating foods blessed by the earth, dancing in community, and tuning our hearts to the beat of the drum are ways to restore, renew, and replenish the spirit. The support of OSCI and the community made this year's Pow Wow a success." Chaplain R. D. Borden.

OSCI is a medium-security prison in Salem that houses approximately 870 male inmates. It provides a range of correctional services and programs including education, drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment, religious services, inmate work crews, and transition planning. OSCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a print shop and a contact center. OSCI was established by action of the 1955 Legislature and became fully operational on June 1, 1959.

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Powder River Correctional Facility hosts annual car and bike show (Photo) - 07/23/15
In partnership with the Freedom from the Inside Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Group and local citizens, Powder River Correctional Facility (PRCF) hosted its Fourth Annual Car & Bike Show on July 18 to celebrate recovery on the "inside" and encourage recovery on the "outside." There were seven cars and eight motorcycles on display. Inmates in PRCF's Physical Plant made trophies for first, second, and third place. Everyone involved enjoyed a BBQ on the yard with music provided by a PRCF inmate band.

While accepting their trophies, several of the Freedom from the Inside AA members shared their testimonials and encouraged others to find fun and joy with healthy hobbies, such as restoring vintage cars or being part of a car or bike club.

As participants drove and rode off the yard, you could hear them saying, "This was fun!" and, "See you next year!" DOC staff received many heartfelt thank yous from the men in custody as well.

PRCF is a minimum-security prison in Baker City that houses approximately 366 male inmates who are within four years of release. PRCF serves as a transition and re-entry facility and is focused on cognitive programming, work programs, and preparing inmates for return to the community. PRCF is home to the 128-bed New Directions (Drug and Alcohol Treatment) Alternative Incarceration Program. Individuals who successfully complete this 180-day in-prison program are released to the community for a 90-day transitional leave period. Individuals who successfully complete the transitional leave period are granted a reduction in their sentence and move to post-prison supervision. PRCF opened in November 1989.

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Meet six dogs up for adoption from Two Rivers Correctional Institution (Photo) - 07/23/15
Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) has six loveable dogs looking for their forever homes. Del's Feed and Farm Supply in Hermiston will be hosting a meet and greet on July 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to stop in and meet Rex, Lady, Gus, Annabelle, Chewy, and Alley. Adoption applications will be available, along with the opportunity to meet and interact with the dogs. Del's is located at 2055 North 1st Street in Hermiston.

The dogs are part of TRCI's Rehabilitating Offenders and Canines Program (ROC). Each dog is trained in basic commands and received the American Kennel Club Good Citizen certification. The adoption fee is $150. All dogs are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and microchipped. For more information please contact (541) 922-2029. Applications are available at http://www.oregon.gov/doc/OPS/PRISON/pages/trci.aspx

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.


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Adults in custody and their families enjoy the FAIR event.
Adults in custody and their families enjoy the FAIR event.
Two Rivers Correctional Institution Families Aiding In Rehabilitation Picnic (Photo) - 07/16/15
Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) held the first of several Families Aiding in Rehabilitation (FAIR) picnics on July 11 and 12. Seventy adults in custody, over 200 family members, and dozens of volunteer staff participated in the events. Additional picnics are scheduled for August and September.

FAIR picnics enable incarcerated individuals to spend a full day with loved ones in a family-friendly setting. The July picnics included, for the first time, the TRCI adults in custody band. Family members participated in singing and playing musical instruments with their loved ones. Activities included sack races, face painting, bingo, volleyball, and football. TRCI staff and volunteers served 172 pizzas for lunch, provided by Papa John's Restaurant.

TRCI is a multi-custody prison in Umatilla that houses approximately 1,800 male inmates. TRCI participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises including institution and industrial laundry, mattress manufacturing, and sewing. Other institution work programs include reparation and cleaning of irrigation ditches, maintenance of local baseball fields, and work with local cities and the Hermiston School District. The facility provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, religious services, and behavioral health services. TRCI opened in 2000.

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WCCF graduates
WCCF graduates
Warner Creek Hosts Annual TVCC GED Graduation Ceremony (Photo) - 07/16/15
Warner Creek Correctional Facility (WCCF) hosted its annual graduation ceremony for adults in custody who successfully completed their General Education Development (GED) diplomas during the 2014-15 academic year. These GED diplomas were awarded through Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC) to a total of seven WCCF students.

Trevor Stancliff, Correctional Rehabilitation Manager for WCCF, congratulated the graduates on their achievements and emphasized that, "The right direction is always only one step away."

WCCF's Education Coordinator, Teresa Durkin, explained the challenges the new GED tests (effective as of January 2014) had on education programs in the Oregon Department of Corrections and throughout the country. She further stated, "Graduation highlights a success for adults in custody who have worked hard and persevered in a task that had been an overwhelming obstacle for them earlier in life. Those who participate in correctional education programs have a 43 percent lower likelihood of recommitting felonies. Therefore, we cannot quit."

Jeremy Yraguen, acting Director of Corrections Education for TVCC in Ontario, traveled to WCCF to deliver the keynote address.

WCCF is a minimum-security prison in Lakeview that houses approximately 486 male inmates who are within four year of release. WCCF provides a range of correctional programs and services including education, transitional programs, religious services, and work opportunities crews. WCCF has a contact center on site through Oregon Corrections Enterprises. WCCF opened in September 2005. It received the State Energy Efficiency Design (SEED) award in May 2008 for its progress in design efficiency. The most energy-efficient element at WCCF is the use of geothermal energy, providing 100 percent of the hot water to the facility.

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Attached Media Files: WCCF graduates
Governor Kate Brown with a CCCF mother and her children
Governor Kate Brown with a CCCF mother and her children
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility participates in summer children's event (Photo) - 07/15/15
In partnership with the local Wilsonville Rotary Club, Coffee Creek Correctional Facility held its annual Through a Child's Eyes (TACE) event on July 11 and 12. This year, Governor Kate Brown attended the festivities on Saturday. She was able to speak with many mothers, children, and staff - and was impressed by what she witnessed.

TACE is an opportunity for women in custody and their children to spend the afternoon in a setting promoting family bonding and interaction. Mothers and their children come together in a setting that enables them to interact in a more relaxed and friendly environment. These families share a BBQ meal and participate in a variety of outdoor activities that encourage pro-social behaviors, while the mothers utilize the parenting skills they have learned during incarceration.

TACE has almost 200 volunteers including DOC staff, Rotarians, religious representatives, service-oriented business members, and dozens more who help with this unique program and make the weekend a success. The TACE event is open to minimum and medium-custody inmates who have at least six months clear conduct and have completed parenting education (or are enrolled in the classes).

CCCF is a multi-custody prison in Wilsonville accommodating all of Oregon's female inmates (approximately 1,260). The prison has cell and dormitory housing, inmate work programs, skills training, treatment programs, health services, religious services, physical plant, a central records unit, and administrative areas. CCCF participates in prison industries with Oregon Corrections Enterprises, including a contact center, auto CAD, and document scanning. In addition, CCCF houses the state's intake center, which provides intake and evaluation of all inmates committed to state custody by the courts. The intake center houses approximately 400 male inmates. CCCF's minimum facility opened in 2001, and the medium facility opened in 2002.

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