Criminal Justice Assessment enters final phase; County hosts draft report community meeting

Calendar Date:
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Criminal Justice Assessment enters final phase; County hosts draft report community meeting
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Benton County’s yearlong criminal justice system assessment entered the final phase in August. The final phase focuses on developing and finalizing the assessment report. Based on the data collected over the three earlier phases, CGL, consulting project director, and Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI), consulting project manager, will present a draft assessment report on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Corvallis, 400 SW 1st Street, Corvallis, OR 97333.

The draft report includes three scenarios with varied components for an effective, efficient and equitable criminal justice system that maintains public safety and accountability, while providing treatment opportunities that address underlying causes of criminal behavior.

These scenarios will be presented at the community meeting to gain input from members of the public before the assessment report is finalized.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6:00 p.m. Parking is available in the on-site garage. Community members will have an opportunity to meet and network with Commissioners, Steering Committee members and the consultants directing and managing the assessment before the program begins.

The primary purpose of the criminal justice system assessment is to:

  • engage our communities & develop a common vision for the criminal justice system,
  • investigate all aspects of the system to provide a full assessment,
  • identify improvements to the system to better serve the public and inmates.

The assessment occurred over four phases during 2018, with multiple opportunities to engage with the public. Presentation materials and video from previous community meetings and workshops are available online at https://www.co.benton.or.us/criminaljustice/page/assessment-timeline.

Benton County launched the criminal justice system assessment by hosting a kick-off community meeting in February 2018 to start the assessment with a community dialogue about objectives, process and outcomes. The first and second phases focused on quantitative data collection from justice system stakeholders, focus group and listening sessions with community partners and stakeholders, and an evidence-based, best practices literature review. During a community meeting in May 2018, CGL and GOBHI presented the first and second phase data.

During the third phase of the criminal justice system assessment over the summer, Benton County hosted two community workshops to take a deeper dive into topics of particular interest to community members. Roughly 50 members of the public attended and provided feedback on two workshop topics: Evidence-Based Approaches and Criminal Justice Best Practices, and the Local Jail and Incarceration Issues.

Sign up to receive assessment updates: https://www.co.benton.or.us/criminaljustice/page/stay-informed.