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Best-selling author visits prison quilting program to share a message of hope and change - 08/15/19

Marie Bostwick, a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, will visit Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) in Wilsonville to discuss her most recent novel “Hope on the Inside” with the incarcerated women. The book is rooted in the good work occurring at Oregon’s women’s prison. Since 2002, Coffee Creek Quilters’ (CCQ) dedicated volunteer instructors have provided a positive, hands-on program that gives the students an opportunity to learn and practice many life-enhancing skills.

As Ms. Bostwick puts in her note to the reader, “It began seven years ago, when I saw an exhibit of quilts made by inmates. Though the skill displayed by those incarcerated quilters varied from novice to expert, the quilts they produced were so honest, raw, and emotionally evocative that they truly rose to the level of art.”

Through quilting, the program gives students the opportunity to explore personal creativity and give back to the community. CCQ's goal is to nurture students' self-confidence and self-esteem to enhance their success after release from prison.

Each student in the program makes a total of three quilts during weekly two-hour classes. The first two quilts are donated to a variety of charities that serve seniors in nursing homes, hospitalized children, terminally ill adults, and foster children. Approximately 150 quilts are donated to these charities annually. Students may keep the third quilt or give it to a loved one. The opportunity to give back to the community and to loved ones is extremely important to the students.

In the fall of 2017, the writer visited the facility and saw firsthand the program in action. The book looks at the impacts of prison on the lives of incarcerated women, as well as an inspiring story about a woman searching for purpose and a career much later in life than she ever expected. The book is dedicated to the Coffee Creek Quilters.

On August 16, 2019, Bostwick will return to Coffee Creek to talk with the adults in custody about her book and her inspiration to write it based in a correctional facility. She will meet with CCCF book club members and participants of the quilting program.

Gregory Siegberg
Gregory Siegberg
Snake River Correctional Institution reports in-custody death (Photo) - 07/26/19

An Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) adult in custody, Gregory Siegberg, died the morning of July 26, 2019. Siegberg was incarcerated at Snake River Correctional Institution (SRCI) in Ontario. As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified. 

Siegberg entered DOC custody on September 29, 2017, from Clackamas County with a Life sentence. Siegberg was 64 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 14,700 individuals who are incarcerated in the 14 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.

SRCI is a multi-custody prison in Ontario that houses approximately 3,000 adults in custody. 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, individuals 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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Attached Media Files: Gregory Siegberg