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137.656 Purpose and duties of commission; rules.
 
      (1) The purpose of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of state and local criminal justice systems by providing a centralized and impartial forum for statewide policy development and planning.
      (2) The primary duty of the commission is to develop and maintain a state criminal justice policy and comprehensive, long-range plan for a coordinated state criminal justice system that encompasses public safety, offender accountability, crime reduction and prevention and offender treatment and rehabilitation. The plan must include, but need not be limited to, recommendations regarding:
      (a) Capacity, utilization and type of state and local prison and jail facilities;
      (b) Implementation of community corrections programs;
      (c) Alternatives to the use of prison and jail facilities;
      (d) Appropriate use of existing facilities and programs;
      (e) Whether additional or different facilities and programs are necessary;
      (f) Methods of assessing the effectiveness of juvenile and adult correctional programs, devices and sanctions in reducing future criminal conduct by juvenile and adult offenders;
      (g) Methods of reducing the risk of future criminal conduct; and
      (h) The effective utilization of local public safety coordinating councils.
      (3) Other duties of the commission are:
      (a) To conduct joint studies by agreement with other state agencies, boards or commissions on any matter within the jurisdiction of the commission.
      (b) To provide Oregon criminal justice analytical and statistical information to federal agencies and serve as a clearinghouse and information center for the collection, preparation, analysis and dissemination of information on state and local sentencing practices.
      (c) To provide technical assistance and support to local public safety coordinating councils.
      (d) To receive grant applications to start or expand drug court programs as defined in ORS 3.450, to make rules to govern the grant process and to award grant funds according to the rules.
      (4) The commission shall establish by rule the information that must be submitted under ORS 137.010 (9) and the methods for submitting the information. A rule adopted under this subsection must be approved by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court before it takes effect. [1995 c.420 §3; 1997 c.433 §2; 1999 c.1053 §44; 2005 c.10 §3; 2005 c.503 §11; 2005 c.706 §24; 2007 c.71 §36; 2007 c.682 §3]
      (5) The commission may:
      (a) Apply for and receive gifts and grants from any public or private source.
      (b) Award grants from funds appropriated by the Legislative Assembly to the commission or from funds otherwise available from any other source, for the purpose of carrying out the duties of the commission.
      (c) Adopt rules to carry out the provisions of this subsection.
 
      Note: See note under 137.651.
 
      137.657 [1989 c.790 §91; repealed by 1995 c.420 §14]
 
      137.658 Authority of chairperson to create committees within commission. (1) The chairperson of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission may create any committees within the commission as the chairperson may think necessary. Persons who are not commission members may be appointed as members to serve on the committees with the approval of the commission.
      (2) The chairperson shall appoint members of committees created under this section in such a manner as to ensure representation from all segments of the criminal justice system that are affected by the work of the committee. In selecting members for committee assignments, the chairperson shall consider, but is not limited to, representatives from the following:
      (a) The Attorney General;
      (b) The Director of the Department of Corrections;
      (c) The chairperson of the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision;
      (d) The Superintendent of State Police;
      (e) The chief administrative employee of the Psychiatric Security Review Board;
      (f) The Director of Human Services;
      (g) The Director of the Oregon Youth Authority;
      (h) Trial judges;
      (i) Judges of the Oregon Supreme Court or Court of Appeals;
      (j) Majority and minority parties of the House of Representatives and the Senate;
      (k) District attorneys;
      (L) Criminal defense attorneys;
      (m) County sheriffs;
      (n) County commissioners;
      (o) County community corrections directors;
      (p) Chiefs of police;
      (q) Victims of crime;
      (r) The public at large;
      (s) The director of a nonprofit entity created for the purpose of increasing understanding of the adult and juvenile justice systems and promotion of effective policies for prevention and control of crime; and
      (t) Private contract providers.
 
[1995 c.420 §2; 1997 c.433 §3; 2001 c.900 §23]
 
Note: See note under 137.651.
 
Other Statutory Authority: ORS 137.651: Definitions. As used in ORS 137.654, 137.656 and 137.658:
 
(1) "Commission"   means the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.
 
(2) "Criminal justice system"   includes all activities and agencies, whether state or local, public or private, pertaining to the prevention, prosecution and defense of offenses, the disposition of offenders under the criminal law and the disposition or treatment of juveniles adjudicated to have committed an act which, if committed by an adult, would be a crime. The "criminal justice system" includes police, public prosecutors, defense counsel, courts, correction systems, mental health agencies, crime victims and all public and private agencies providing services in connection with those elements, whether voluntarily, contractually or by order of a court. [1985 c.558 s.1; 1995 c.420 s.4; 1997 c.433 s.1]
 
ORS 137.661 Agency cooperation with Commission   All Officers, boards, commissions and other agencies of the State of Oregon shall cooperate with the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to accomplish the duties imposed upon the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.