County launches criminal justice system assessment with community meeting

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Benton County Board of Commissioners and Criminal Justice Steering Committee are hosting a project launch and community meeting to start the criminal justice system assessment with a dialogue about objectives, process and outcomes. The launch and community meeting will be held Tuesday, February, 20, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Corvallis, 400 SW 1st Street, Corvallis, OR 97333.

Parking is available in the on-site garage. The program begins at 7:00pm and community members will have an opportunity to meet and network with Commissioners, Steering Committee members and the consultants directing and managing the assessment before and after the program.

The Steering Committee is an ad hoc committee comprised of representatives of the justice system including judiciary, law enforcement, prosecution, defense bar, health services, and the public. The Steering Committee serves in an advisory capacity and provides direction and feedback to the study.

On January 16, 2018, the Benton County Board of Commissioners approved a consulting contract for direction of an in-depth assessment of the county’s criminal justice system and project management for the assessment.

CGL will conduct the criminal justice system assessment and serve as the project director. CGL is an award-winning consulting firm that develops meaningful solutions for criminal justice systems and public facilities. They have provided solutions for 900+ counties and municipalities in all 50 states.

Project management is contracted with the Oregon Center on Behavioral Health and Justice Integration (OCBHJI), a center supported by Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. OCBHJI helps jurisdictions implement and improve systemic and programmatic efforts that successfully divert individuals with serious behavioral health needs from entering various points within the justice system.

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 & 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 is projected to occur in four phases during 2018, with multiple opportunities to engage with the public. The next public engagement event is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 2018.

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