Criminal Justice System Assessment

Lady Justice on the Courthouse

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 and diversion services to provide a full assessment, and identify improvements to the system to better serve the public and inmates.



In early 2017, Benton County posted a Justice System Master Plan Request for Qualifications. In October 2017, the Board of Commissioners selected a consultant and initiated the assessment in 2018.

The assessment is estimated to occur in four phases during 2018, with multiple opportunities to engage with the public.

The Steering Committee is an ad hoc committee whose role is to provide direction and feedback to the study.

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