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DHS news release

June 10, 2004

Contact: Nadine Jelsing (503) 945-5950

News conference notice

Ground-breaking new program at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility helps inmates with gambling problems

Note: Background check required to attend. Please call 503-945-5950.

Story: Preliminary data from Oregon's first program to help female inmates with gambling problems will be released Monday by the Department of Human Services, Department of Corrections and Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. The data suggest a strong need for intervention services in a correctional setting and cite a high percentage of women inmates reporting crimes related to gambling. One of the objectives of the program is to examine the relationship between gambling and crime and help reduce re-incarceration. A presentation about the program, which is a rarity in correctional settings nationally, will be made later next week at the National Conference on Problem Gambling in Phoenix.

Who: Speaking at the news conference will be:

  • Jeffrey J. Marotta, Ph.D., DHS Problem Gambling Services Manager
  • Lory Humbert, Asst. Superintendent of Program Services, Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
  • Peter Walsh, Program Manager, Gambling Treatment Program, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, Portland
In addition: One or more inmates participating in the program will be available for interviews.

When: Monday, June 14, at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, 24499 SW Graham's Ferry Road, Wilsonville.

NOTE: If you are planning to attend this news conference, please contact Nadine Jelsing at 503-945-5950 as soon as possible. DOC has asked for a list of all attendees so background checks can be performed. All media must have background checks completed prior to attending the conference. You will also be required to show photo ID.

The news conference will be held outdoors in front of the Inmate Processing Building directly to the right of the parking lot. There will be a representative from Coffee Creek to help direct and assist you.

Do not wear blue denim — you will not be allowed on prison grounds if you do.

Thank you for your cooperation.