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About the CJC

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 future criminal conduct;
  • Funding and evaluating Oregon drug courts;
  • Conducting research;
  • Developing fiscal and racial / ethnic impact estimate of crime-related legislation;
  • Providing a statistical and data clearinghouse for criminal justice;
  • Administering Oregon felony sentencing guidelines; and
  • Staffing the Public Safety Task Force and other advisory committees.

 Statutory Obligations

  • ORS 137.651 - 137.685
  • Develop and maintain a state criminal justice policy and comprehensive, long-range plan
  • Conduct studies
  • Provide criminal justice data to federal agencies, 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

Focus Areas

  • Justice Reinvestment
  • Specialty Courts
  • Evaluation
  • Legislative Analysis
    • Fiscal Analysis
    • Racial / Ethnic Impact
  • Additional Grant Administration
    • State Administering Agency
    • Statistical Analysis Center
  • Reporting Requirements
  • Asset Forfeiture
  • Administration of Sentencing Guidelines

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • 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

Executive Director


Michael Schmidt

Mike Schmidt came to the CJC directly from his previous role as a prosecutor in Multnomah County. Mike also previously served as counsel for the Oregon House and Senate Judiciary Committees. 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. He has subsequently been elected to be the Vice President of the National Criminal Justice Association and elected to the board of the National Association of Sentencing Commissions. As the Executive Director he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the agency program areas as well as working closely with the Governor and Legislature on matters of public safety policy.

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