Justice System Improvement Program
Building a Justice System for the Future
Treatment and accountability to transform lives, ensure safety, and strengthen community
Upcoming Public Engagement Opportunities
Join the conversation about how to build an equitable, effective, and safe justice system for all Benton County residents at our second community meeting.
At the meeting, we will share:
- Outcomes of four months of community conversations
- Key points from site selection discussions to date.
We want to see how our analysis of recent community conversations resonates with you, and provide you with an opportunity to provide feedback on the Board of Commissioners' site selection deliberations.
WHAT: Virtual Community Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, October 13 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Register to join us via Zoom at: https://bit.ly/BentonCoGov-JSIP-Webinar2
The community wants a modern justice system that builds trust, provides safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment to help people rejoin the community as productive neighbors, parents, and family members.
Currently, old and overcrowded buildings are impacting the way justice happens in Benton County. This proposal for new facilities was developed through collaboration with a wide range of interests:
- Crisis Center: A treatment-centered alternative to incarceration or the emergency room that provides stabilization for individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis, along with referrals and supports for ongoing mental health services. Treatment helps address the underlying problem.
- Courthouse: An accessible, safe, and secure building built for the 21st century. The Historic Courthouse will be preserved for future community use. All community members need fair and equitable access.
- Corrections Facility: With adequate space, room for expansion, and opportunity for rehabilitation programs, this facility will serve the County for the next 40 years. Victims and the public deserve to know dangerous offenders will be kept off the street.
- Sheriff and Emergency Operations: Providing the space, technology, and ability to collaborate both in crisis and everyday will make law enforcement more effective. Modern facilities assist first responders in saving lives.
Connecting with our community
Benton County is working hard to learn from our community by listening to ideas, concerns and opportunities in order to craft a final proposal that has wide support. Through small group meetings, speaking engagements, one-to-one conversations, and large online meetings, we want to reach as many people as possible in 2021. To learn more about our public outreach efforts, take a look at our Public Involvement Plan.