Justice System Improvement Program

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Building a Justice System for the Future
 

Treatment and accountability to transform lives, ensure safety, and strengthen community

 


 

Program Updates

Jan. 21, 2022 

Commissioners make final site selection decision for proposed Justice System Improvement Program facilities

The Benton County Board of Commissioners met this morning for discussion and to reach a decision between two proposed sites for Justice System Improvement Program (JSIP) facilities. The meeting was well attended by the public, who were invited to comment in advance of a decision.

The two sites under consideration for JSIP facilities included a site in west Corvallis on Reservoir Road, and a site in north Corvallis next to the Hewlett-Packard campus. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the north site and directed staff to continue pursuing the property. Learn more.

Commissioners poised to make final site selection decision for proposed Justice System Improvement Program facilities

The Benton County Board of Commissioners will meet several times the week of January 17 to begin deliberations and make a final site selection decision for proposed Justice System Improvement Program (JSIP) facilities. A preliminary discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, January 18, as part of the commissioners’ regular Board meeting, followed by virtual public meeting on Thursday, January 20, at 5:30 p.m. to review site selection options. On Friday, January 21, a special Board meeting is scheduled for the commissioners to make a final decision.

Although public comment is available at Board meetings, time restrictions may be imposed. Individual comment may be limited to three minutes. Board meeting links and materials will be made available at: https://bit.ly/BentonCoGov-2022BoardMeetings.

The two sites under consideration for JSIP facilities include a site in west Corvallis on Reservoir Road, and a site in north Corvallis next to the Hewlett-Packard campus. The County has secured a letter of intent with the owner of the west site, and negotiations continue with a representative of McFadden Ranch, LLC., for purchase of the north site. The Board had additionally considered a site in south Corvallis, but dismissed the site in late November, with the option to revisit it if neither the west nor north Corvallis sites work out. Learn more.

Decision for proposed justice facilities at west site to occur in January 2022

The site selection decision for proposed justice system facilities at the west site in Corvallis is now slated for January 2022 as commissioners and program staff continue to explore all available options.

After voting last week to allow the letter of intent for the south site to expire, the Board of Commissioners is currently considering the two remaining proposed suburban sites in west and north Corvallis. The County currently has a letter of intent to purchase the west site property in Corvallis for the creation of a justice system campus, and is in negotiation on a property in north Corvallis next to Hewlett-Packard. If neither the north nor west sites come to fruition, the County has not ruled out the possibility of reconsidering the south site, should it remain available for purchase. Learn more.

Questions and Answers from October 13 Virtual Community Meeting

Answers to the questions posed at the October 13 Virtual Community Meeting are now available. 

2021 Public Involvement Report

Thank you for joining us and providing your feedback and ideas during our first round of public engagement between July-October 2021. Please see our Public Involvement Report and the Report Appendix for a full summary of 2021 public engagement. 


 

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.  

Sign up for email updates and share your ideas about the need and location for new proposed buildings to serve Benton County residents for the next 40 years and beyond.

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