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** Update ** MEDIA ADVISORY - ONE DAY LEFT TO RSVP**
Who: Oregon Criminal Justice Commission
What: Justice Reinvestment Summit
When: February 16 -- 17, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St. SE, Salem
Contact Information: Tiffany Quintero, Tiffany.Quintero@oregon.gov, (503) 866-1006
Additional Information: Members of the media are invited to the Summit. Media arriving on the Salem Convention Center will be directed to the registration area. Members of the media may check in as early as 6:00 a.m. and will be issued a press badge. Further instructions will be given at check in. Members of the media must RSVP no later than February 15, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. via email or phone.
The Oregon Criminal Justice Commission's Justice Reinvestment Summit and What Works in Public Safety Conference will be held on February 16 and 17 at the Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St. SE, Salem. This year's event will focus on a wide range of programs and solutions that address justice reinvestment, including the intersection of mental health and criminal justice, trauma-informed approaches, re-entry and diversion programs, and more.
Justice Reinvestment Summit - Governor Kate Brown will kick off the event, followed by a keynote address from Wisconsin District Attorney, John T. Chisholm, on Justice Reinvestment from the Prosecutor's Perspective. There will be numerous presentations on successful strategies and innovative ideas from local and national experts. With currently 875 registered, the event is Oregon's largest gathering of local and state public safety stakeholders. The summit is free and open to state government agencies, Oregon's Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) members, and public safety officials.
What Works in Public Safety Conference - in its 10th year, this annual forum provides a rare opportunity for local, state, and regional policy makers to convene and discuss proven, effective strategies for creating safe communities. This year's conference will serve as an official joint hearing of the Legislature's Judiciary and Health Care Committees, allowing Oregon legislators to become informed about the national movement to reform drug policy, as well as what reforms might be possible in Oregon.
What is Justice Reinvestment?
Oregon values and relies on research findings to guide public safety investment decisions that demonstrate cost-effectiveness and derive benefits for local citizens. Justice reinvestment is Oregon's proactive approach to controlling prison operations costs. Passed in 2013, Justice Reinvestment legislation (HB 3194) included modest sentencing reductions combined with an initial investment of $15 million by the legislature in order to provide funding for counties to invest in community-based sanctions, services, and programs. State funds were increased to $40 million for the 2015-17 biennium to enhance the ability for counties to expand their community-based efforts. Participating in justice reinvestment means garnering commitment from legislative leadership and criminal justice authorities in the state, developing or improving information sharing capabilities, collecting and analyzing criminal justice data, developing policy options and strategies based on that data, and enacting evidence-based policies that increase public safety. All counties are participating in the justice reinvestment grant program.