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This outcome area consists of 88
programs administered across 33 separate
state agencies. The services provided in this
area include traditional public safety programs that
focus on preventing or prosecuting criminal activity and the punishment of criminal convictions once they occur. This includes policing Oregon’s highways and environments, maintaining armories for military personnel, supporting courts and criminal justice partners, securing inmates or juvenile offenders, and providing rehabilitation where appropriate.
 
In addition to the traditional public safety functions listed above, the Safety outcome area also includes programs providing financial and occupational safety for all Oregonians and ensuring the safety of vulnerable populations. Providing for the safety of vulnerable populations includes child welfare and foster care programs, which comprise a significant portion of the Safety outcome area. Finally, the area includes transportation programs that maintain the safety of Oregon’s roads and other transportation modalities.
 
Holding adult criminals accountable for their actions is the primary responsibility of the Department of Corrections, which houses and secures criminal offenders sentenced to a year or more of incarceration. While the criminal offenders are within its custody, the Department operates work programs to occupy offenders’ time and is responsible for all medical, dental and behavioral health care. The Department also distributes community corrections grants to counties to fund supervision and treatment services for those on probation and post-prison supervision.
 
Juvenile criminal offenders are managed by the Oregon Youth Authority, which provides secure housing and treatment for youth offenders sentenced to one of 750 close custody placements. A primary focus of the Oregon Youth Authority is rehabilitation to assist young offenders with life skills that will help them avoid future criminal activity. The agency also funds residential placements and foster care for offenders not needing a secure closed custody placement. The agency provides probation and parole services for juvenile offenders in the community.
 
Patrolling Oregon’s highways is the responsibility of the Department of State Police, which provides an array of law enforcement and criminal justice services in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies. In addition to patrolling Oregon’s highways, the Department enforces fish and wildlife and other environmental laws aimed at maximizing the enjoyment and productivity of Oregon’s natural resources. The Department also provides crime lab, medical examiner, and information systems that benefit all criminal justice partners.
 
The Safety outcome area also includes programs responsible for accepting and caring for children who cannot remain safely with their parents. When an allegation of child abuse or neglect is reported, the DHS sends specially trained workers to conduct a comprehensive safety assessment to determine if the child is safe and if abuse happened. Depending on the results of the assessment, the Department will provide social supports for the family to maintain a successful home placement. In some cases, a court will direct the Department to take legal custody. Services are delivered through DHS staff or contracts that require linguistic and culturally appropriate services.
 

Finally, the Safety outcome area also includes a large number of programs designed to protect the safety of Oregonians in the workplace, their financial transactions and a variety of other professional situations. Agencies such as the Department of Consumer and Business Services provide regulatory oversight of banking transactions and workplace safety requirements. Professional licensing boards enforce standards of practice within medical and professional environments. Compliance with these regulatory frameworks provides certainty for our citizens that they will be treated fairly and safely as they go about their daily lives. 

What we want to accomplish
STRATEGIES
How we get there
SUCCESS METRICS
How we measure progress
Oregonians are safe and secure.
>  Expand evidence-based criminal justice programs to prevent and solve crimes by investing in community corrections, and local and state law enforcement.
>    Maintain current prison capacity to incarcerate violent offenders.
>    Enhance victim services, local supervision, and re-entry efforts to reduce victimization, enforce victims’ rights, and lower recidivism. 
>    Give struggling families better access to the help they need to keep their kids at home and out of the foster care system.
>     Expand community-based supervision and support services proven to prevent crime, promote re-entry, and increase self- sufficiency, family stability, and child safety.
>     Help vulnerable youth avoid the juvenile justice system.
>    Improve adult re-entry and reduce their likelihood to commit future crimes.
>    Reduce the impact of drug and alcohol addiction as a catalyst to crime and abuse.
>    Reduce racial disparities in prosecutions and incarceration.
>    Apply advancements in technology to improve highway safety and get better results for transportation and infrastructure upgrades.
>    Improve access to justice so all Oregonians are able to exercise their rights, regardless of race, gender, income, or location.
>    Provide judges with data, tools, and discretionary authority for sentencing.
>    Improve knowledge and access to consumer protection laws.
>    Violent and property crime rates are at or below their current historic low level.
>    Recidivism rate for offenders is decreased by 10%.
>   The number of children in foster care and the child welfare system is decreased by 17%.
>    The number of young people in the juvenile justice system is decreased by 22%.
>    The over-representation of people of color in victimization, arrests, and incarceration is reduced by 15%.
>     Traffic fatalities are decreased by 25%.
>    Corrections spending is reduced to 9% or less of the General Fund.
 
Agencies with programs in the Safety Outcome Area include:
 
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Accountancy
Military
Aviation​ Mortuary and Cemetery Board​
Board of Nursing​ Naturopathic Board​
Bureau of Labor and Industries​ Occupational Therapists​
Chiropractors​ Parole and Post Prison Supervision​
Clinical Social Workers​ Pharmacy Board​
Criminal Justice Commission​ Public Safety Standards and Training​
Consumer and Business Services​ Psychiatric Security Review Board​
Corrections​ Psychologist Examiners​
Dentistry​ Public Utility Commission​
Energy​ Real Estate Agency​
Geology and Mineral
Industries
Speech Language Pathology and Audiology​
Health Licensing Agency​ State Marine Board​
Human Services​ State Police​
Justice​ Tax Practitioners​
Licensed Professional Counselor & Therapists​ Transportation​
Long Term Care Ombudsman​ Veterinary Medical Examiners​
Medical Board​ Youth Authority​
 
 
View the initial Safety policy vision document here.
 
View the Safety Program Funding Team here.
 

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