About the Criminal Justice Commission
The mission of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission is to improve the legitimacy, efficiency, and effectiveness of state and local criminal justice systems.
We do this by:
- Providing a centralized and impartial forum for statewide policy development and planning;
- Developing a long-range public safety plan for Oregon;
- Analyzing capacity and use of state prisons and local jails, implementation of community corrections programs and methods to reduce furute criminal conduct;
- Funding and evaluating Oregon’s drug courts;
- Conducting research;
- Developing fiscal and racial / ethnic impract estimate of crime-related legislation;
- Providing a statistical and data clearinghouse for criminal justice;
- Administering Oregon’s felony sentencing guidelines; and
- Staffing the Public Safety Task Force and other advisory committees.
Annual Performance Progress Report - 2016
Mike Schmidt came to the CJC directly from his previous role as a prosecutor in Multnomah County. He worked for the Multnomah District Attorney starting in 2007 where he began in misdemeanors, moved on to property crimes, and was specially assigned to drug courts and the restitution project. Mike was counsel for the House and Senate judiciary committees during the 2013 session. He graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2008, and before that taught high school social studies in New Orleans for two years after graduating from Vassar College.
Mike was appointed to be the Executive Director of the CJC at the beginning of 2015. As the Executive Director he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the agency’s program areas as well as working closely with the Governor and Legislature on matters of public safety policy.
- ORS 137.651 - 137.680
- Develop and maintain a state criminal justice policy and comprehensive, long-range plan
- Conduct studies
- Provide criminal justice data to federal agenccies, and serve as a clearinghouse for information
- Provide TA? to LPSCC
- Report on Fiscal and Racial / Ethnic impact of pending legislation
- Fund & expand drug court programs
- Maintain and update sentencing guidelines
- Annual LPSCC report, Avoided Costs Report by Jan 1 - odd numbered years, Annual Asset Forfeiture Report
- Justice Reinvestment
- Specialty Courts
- Legislative Analysis
- Fiscal Analysis
- Racial / Ethnic Impact
- Additional Grant Administration
- State Administering Agency
- Statistical Analysis Center
- Reporting Requirements
- Asset Forfeiture
- Administration of Sentencing Guidelines
- Staff Task Force on Public Safety and subcommittees
- Staff Grant Review Committee
- Provide JRI Liaison to associations and public safety stakeholders
- Administer Grant Program
- Provide county and regional data
- Track performance measures
- Provide technical assistance for all aspects of the bill
Robert Ball, Chair - CEO Robert Ball Companies
Robert Ball is one of Portland’s leading developers and has been a successful real estate investor, developer, manager, and owner. He brings a unique combination of development talent and experience in land planning, entitlement processing, market and feasibility analysis, design and construction, and the essential operational components of real estate investment. Robert negotiates and manages acquisitions, property analysis, development profitability forecasts, acquisition feasibility, market conditions, property due diligence, and overall project and real estate product concepts. His career has spanned over 25 years, creating large scale projects along with the formation of real estate development, sales, and management companies.
Robert volunteers as a reserve police officer for the Portland Police Bureau and holds the rank of Commander. He was awarded the Police Medal (for valor,) two Distinguished Service Awards from the Oregon Peace Officers Association, and many other commendations and citations. He has served on Portland’s Charter Commission, several nonprofit boards, and has been active in civic, neighborhood and community projects. He won the 1997 NW Examiner Award for Public Safety and was listed on the Business Journal’s prestigious 40 Under 40 list for outstanding leadership in business and civic affairs.
Sebastian Tapia - Associate Counsel, Lane County
Sebastian Tapia possesses a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado and Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. He has been a member of the Oregon Bar since 2004. Sebastian began practicing law in Oregon as a prosecuting attorney with the Polk County District Attorney’s Office and Lane County District Attorney’s Office. His areas of specialty included child abuse and domestic violence prosecution. Sebastian is admitted to practice in Federal District Court, and in his current job with Lane County Counsel, as primary litigation attorney for the Corrections Division of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, he successfully defends the Sheriff’s Office and its deputies in civil lawsuits filed in Federal District Court. Sebastian is an active volunteer attorney with Lane County Legal Aid and serves on the Board of Directors for ShelterCare.
Wally Hicks - Legal Counsel, Josephine County
Wally Hicks presently serves the community as Josephine County’s elected Legal Counsel. Following service as a U.S. Marine in the Iraq War, he completed law school and prosecuted criminal cases as a Deputy District Attorney. He then served in the Oregon House of Representatives for two terms. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and of the University of Oregon School of Law.
Rob Bovett - Legal Counsel, Associated Oregon Counties
Rob Bovett currently serves as Legal Counsel for the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC), where he primarily works on policy matters relating to governance, elections, ocean issues, and drugs. He previously served as the elected District Attorney (2009-2014) and appointed Assistant County Counsel (1992-2009) for Lincoln County, Oregon. He is the author of many of Oregon’s drug laws, including those relating to meth lab control. Mr. Bovett created numerous state and local initiatives that provide science-based solutions to problems caused by substance abuse, such as HOPE and other diversionary programs. He has authored many opinion pieces on drug policy, including those published by The Oregonian and The New York Times, has provided over 500 presentations regarding drug policy, and has appeared on numerous programs, such as Good Morning America, National Public Radio, and PBS NewsHour and FRONTLINE.
Greg Hazarbedian - Public Defender, Lane County
Greg Hazarabedian was born and raised in the S.F. Bay Area. He attended the University of California, Berkeley from 1974-75, graduated with an M.A. from Aberdeen University, in Scotland, UK in 1981, and received his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1991.
Since 2004 Greg has been Executive Director of Public Defender Services of Lane County, Inc., which has been defending the rights of indigent accused in Lane County since 1977. Before taking his current position he spent years representing clients charged with aggravated murder, most of whom were facing the death penalty. He feels very fortunate that none of his clients received a death sentence.
Greg began his career as a criminal defense lawyer in private practice for several years, many of them in Douglas County. He is also a past president of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer Association and a current Board member of the ACLU of Oregon, and Food for Lane County.
Walter Beglau - District Attorney, Marion County
Walt Beglau has served in the Marion County District Attorney's Office for over 25 years, and as the elected District Attorney since 2004.
Kiki Parker-Rose - Community Corrections Director, Klamath County
Kiki Parker-Rose was raised in Eastern Oregon. After high school graduation, she attended Southern Oregon State College, now Southern Oregon University, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology with a minor in Psychology.
She began her career in Klamath County in October, 1992 as a Transitional Services Coordinator. She became a Parole and Probation Officer in September 1993 and provided supervision for a variety of caseloads. In 2001, she was promoted to Supervisor and was responsible for the supervision of the daily operations of parole and probation services.
Kiki received a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management in 2006 and was promoted to the Director of Klamath County Community Corrections in June 2010.
Kiki is a member of both the Oregon Association of Community Corrections Directors (OACCD) Executive and Legislative Committees.
She is the Co-Chair of the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, is the liaison between the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the Local Alcohol and Drug Planning Committee and was appointed by the BOCC to the Klamath County Advisory Committee.
Kiki is a Court Appointed Special Advocated (CASA) and is involved in Klamath Promise, which is a community effort to keep children in school.
Kiki and her husband Rich have two daughters.
Floyd Prozanski - Senator, North Douglas and South Lane Counties
Floyd was first elected to the Oregon Legislature in 1994. He served in the House of Representatives between 1995 – 2000 and 2003. Floyd was appointed to represent Oregon Senate District 4 in 2003. He was elected in 2004 to complete the current term and reelected in 2006.
Floyd graduated from Texas A&M University and later earned a law degree from the South Texas College of Law. An avid cyclist and home-brewer, he lives in Eugene with his wife. When the Legislature is not in session, Floyd works as a municipal prosecutor and serves on various boards and commissions.
Duane Stark - Representative, Grants Pass
Representative Stark is a Pastor of Local and Global Outreach at River Valley Community Church in Grants Pass. Born and raised in Southern Oregon, Representative Stark went on to complete a bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Oregon and master's from Multnomah University. He is a community advocate and planner, coordinating volunteers and non-profit organizations to work with local governments.
Representative Stark's professional background includes Community Service Supervisor for Josephine County Parks and Recreation, Inner-City At-Risk Youth Director for World Impact, Supervisor for Kairos Residential Psychiatric Treatment Center, a fitness club manager and sheet metal fabricator.
In the community, Representative Stark has conducted seminars for Josephine County focusing on crime prevention and emergency preparedness. He has also served on the FireWise Advisory Committee in the Grants Pass area to prevent losses from wildfires. He was an organizer for a community wide program called SERVE GP, Director of A.C.T (Abolish Child Trafficking) Southern Oregon, and leader for K.I.D.S in Uganda to help rescue orphans. In addition, Representative Stark was involved in CAFAY, the Community Alliance for At-risk Youth. He has participated in the Grants Pass and Josephine County Chamber of Commerce as well as the Eagle Point and the Upper Rogue Chamber.
Representative Stark has been married to his wife for more than 10 years, they are the proud parents of three children and have been certified foster parents for several years.
For archived commission minutes, contact Julie Vaughn.
Statutory Powers and Duties
137.656 Purpose and duties of commission; rules.
- 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.
- 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:
- Capacity, utilization and type of state and local prison and jail facilities;
- Implementation of community corrections programs;
- Alternatives to the use of prison and jail facilities;
- Appropriate use of existing facilities and programs;
- Whether additional or different facilities and programs are necessary;
- Methods of assessing the effectiveness of juvenile and adult correctional programs, devices and sanctions in reducing future criminal conduct by juvenile and adult offenders;
- Methods of reducing the risk of future criminal conduct; and
- The effective utilization of local public safety coordinating councils.
- Other duties of the commission are:
- To conduct joint studies by agreement with other state agencies, boards or commissions on any matter within the jurisdiction of the commission.
- 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
- To provide technical assistance and support to local public safety coordinating councils.
- 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.
- 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]
- The commission may:
- Apply for and receive gifts and grants from any public or private source.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- The Attorney General;
- The Director of the Department of Corrections;
- The chairperson of the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision;
- The Superintendent of State Police;
- The chief administrative employee of the Psychiatric Security Review Board;
- The Director of Human Services;
- The Director of the Oregon Youth Authority;
- Trial judges;
- Judges of the Oregon Supreme Court or Court of Appeals;
- Majority and minority parties of the House of Representatives and the Senate;
- District attorneys;
- Criminal defense attorneys;
- County sheriffs;
- County commissioners;
- County community corrections directors;
- Chiefs of police;
- Victims of crime;
- The public at large;
- 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
- 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:
- "Commission" means the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.
- "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
Justice Reinvestment Cost Avoidance Report
Report to the Justice Reinvestment Grant Review Committee, and Legislative Assembly, that effectively identifies the avoided costs to state government, and the increased costs to local government, resulting from the passage of HB 3194 (2013).
Oregon Recidivism Analysis
Semi-annual report of Oregon recidivism rates, current through the first cohort of 2013. Includes additional analysis of recidivism rates for those convicted of felony drug crimes.
Task Force on Public Safety – JRI Report to the Legislature
Task Force on Public Safety Justice Reinvestment Report to the Legislative Assembly that includes the findings of the Task Force and recommendations for legislation.
Oregon Juvenile Justice System Recidivism Analysis
Report of Oregon juvenile justice system recidivism rates.
Oregon Recidivism Analysis
Semi-annual report of Oregon recidivism rates, current through the second cohort of 2012.
Short-Term Transitional Leave Program in Oregon
Report of performance measures and recidivism outcomes for Short-Term Transitional Leave (STTL) Program participants.
Oregon Recidivism Analysis
Semi-annual report of Oregon recidivism rates, current through the first cohort of 2012. Includes additional analysis of recidivism rates by gender, age, race, crime type, and risk to recidivate level.
Justice Reinvestment Implementation in Oregon
Report on the implementation of several key areas of HB 3194 (2013), including sentencing reforms and the Justice Reinvestment Grant Program.
Oregon Recidivism Analysis
The first of a series of semi-annual reports of Oregon recidivism rates, current through the first cohort of 2011.
CJC and NPC M57 Drug Court Evaluation
Randomized controlled trial of Measure 57 Intensive Drug Court for Property Offenders that includes process, interviews, costs, and outcomes.
Research Brief M57 Outcomes Highlights
Research brief of outcomes highlights for randomized controlled trial of Measure 57 Intensive Drug Court for Property Offenders.
Measure 57 Intensive Drug Court Preliminary Outcome Evaluation
Preliminary outcome evaluation for Measure 57 Intensive Drug Court for Property Offenders.
Reentry Resource Centers Preliminary Evaluation
Preliminary evaluation of reentry resource centers in Multnomah, Lane, and Klamath Counties.
Commission on Public Safety Report to the Governor
Commission on Public Safety Report to the Governor that includes an extensive review of Oregon’s sentencing and corrections data, and recommendations to the Legislature.
Commission on Public Safety Report to the Governor
Commission on Public Safety Report to the Governor that includes specific concepts on comprehensive public safety policy for consideration by the public and policy makers.
Offender Reentry Programs Preliminary Evaluation
Preliminary evaluation of offender reentry programs in Multnomah, Jackson, Washington, and Josephine Counties.
Mandatory Minimums in Oregon
A longitudinal study of the application of Measures 11 and mandatory minimums in Oregon.
Oregon Statewide Drug Court Evaluation
Report submitted by NPC on Oregon Drug Courts including outcomes, costs, and promising practices.
Marion County Family Drug Court Evaluation
Report submitted by NPC on Marion County Family Drug Court including process, outcome, and cost evaluation.
Jackson County Family Drug Court Evaluation
Report submitted by NPC on Jackson County Family Drug Court including process, outcome, and cost evaluation.