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Death of Dennis Maloney March 8, 2007

Posted by FairSentencing in : Current News , trackback

With deep sadness we learned that our dear friend and colleague Dennis Maloney collapsed while driving last month and died. The assumed cause was heart failure.

Dennis was the dinner speaker at the first HGO Re-entry Conference. Former prison warden, former Director of Community Corrections (Adult and Juvenile) in Deschutes County, Dennis had become known not only in the USA but throughout the world as an innovator and promoter of restorative and community justice. His influence reached to places around the world, particularly Washington, D.C. His most recent achievement was setting up three model sites throughout the USA (including Multnomah and Deschutes County, Oregon) where a select group of incarcerated individuals would be trained as AMERICORP Volunteers and, upon release from prison, be placed in volunteer positions in the community with a monthly stipend, college tuition benefits, health coverage and child-care if needed.

Denny’s death will leave a huge gaps in national and international efforts to develop restorative justice, in our communities but, particularly, in our hearts. Tom O’Connor, one of Dennis’ close colleagues, described him as “a warm and compassionate person with love of life”.

Please keep Denny’s wife, Nancy, and their five daughters in your thoughts and prayers. Memorial services will be announced.


Tim Cayton
Assistant Administrator Religious Services
Oregon Department of Corrections
2575 Center Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97310-0470
503-945-9087 (o) 503-931-1835 (c)



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