Public invited to participate in criminal justice workshops

Public invited to upcoming criminal justice workshops
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Now in the third phase of the criminal justice system assessment, Benton County will host two community workshops to take a deeper dive into topics of particular interest to community members. Feedback provided by community members during the first two phases of the assessment informed these topics.

The topic of the first workshop is “Evidence-Based Approaches and Criminal Justice Best Practices.” The workshop will open with a presentation on what “works” for diversion and recidivism reduction. The presentation will include effective practices for diversion for all populations and those practices specifically for people with behavioral health issues, plus effective practices for reducing recidivism for all offenders. This workshop will be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library at 645 NW Monroe Avenue, Corvallis, OR 97330.

The topic of the second workshop is “Local Jail and Incarceration Issues.” The workshop will open with a detailed overview of the jail-specific data gathered as part of the criminal justice system assessment in phase 2. The presentation will include data gathered from the County’s jail located in downtown Corvallis, plus the rented beds at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility located in The Dalles, Oregon. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library at 645 NW Monroe Avenue, Corvallis, OR 97330.

Project manager Ari Basil-Wagner will facilitate both workshops. Light refreshments will be provided.

Attendees can register for either workshop online at: http://bit.ly/BentonGov-CJworkshops. Registration is first-come, first-serve and closes at 5:00pm on Monday, July 23, 2018.

The primary purpose of the criminal justice system assessment is to provide a trusted and accessible system of justice that provides a high degree of safety and confidence. The Benton County Board of Commissioners want to:

  • engage our communities and 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.

Learn more and sign-up to receive updates about the system assessment at: co.benton.or.us/criminaljustice.