The residents of Benton County require an effective, efficient and equitable criminal justice system that maintains public safety and holds people accountable, while providing treatment opportunities that address underlying causes of criminal behavior.
The Board of Commissioners called for a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system. The assessment occurred over four phases during 2018.
The Board is eager to move from assessment to implementation. However, the assessment acknowledges there are a handful of investments that can be made within current County facilities. Investigating these recommended rehabilitation and accountability next steps is the first step of implementation.
The County's 2019-2021 biennium budget invests in pre-trial services to include an industry-standard intake assessment tool and electronic monitoring, and assigning staff to begin investigating next steps for data collection, systems evaluation tools, advisory mechanisms and a sobering/crisis resource center.