SAC Works with Oregon Counties to Implement Justice Reinvestment Program
Legislation was passed in Oregon last July that established the Justice Reinvestment Program as a grant program administered through the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission (home of the Oregon SAC). The same legislation also enacted sentencing changes that went into effect in August of last year. While the Oregon State Administrating Agency (also housed within the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission) allocated funds to Oregon’s 36 counties, the SAC assisted the counties in providing information on both evidence-based and cost-effective programs, and helped guide their decision-making processes on how to use the Justice Reinvestment funds locally. The SAC is also providing monthly updates on statewide prison use in connection with the Justice Reinvestment Program, and on specific measures related to the recent sentencing changes. This statewide and county-level data sharing is a new effort for the SAC, and the data analysis is more detailed in nature than previous work and is done more frequently. The prison use data can be used to look at individual counties and can also be broken down to show prison admissions for a new crime or for probation revocation. Finally, the SAC continues to provide prison bed impacts for legislation being proposed in the current legislative session.