History of Oregon’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative
Between 2000 and 2010, Oregon’s prison rate increased by nearly 50% growing to 14,000 inmates with a total biennial corrections budget over $1.4 billion. Justice Reinvestment is an approach to spending resources more effectively with the goals of reducing recidivism, decreasing prison use, protecting the public and holding offenders accountable.
2017-19 JRI Grant
The Grant Program is targeted to financially support Oregon counties to plan, implement, or expand initiatives that reduce recidivism, reduce prison population, increase public safety, and hold offenders accountable. Read more
Nearly 1,000 attendees register for the second Justice Reinvestment Summit.
Below Forecast Again
By April 2017, the prison forecast was 839 beds below the April 2013 forecast.
Oregon avoids building a new male prison. Estimates project Justice Reinvestment to save the state over $250 million by the end of 2017-19 in avoided costs.
By March 2016, the prison population was 100 prison beds below the April 2015 prison forecast, and 417 prison beds below the April 2013 forecast.
On average 100 inmates per month participate in Short Term Transitional Leave. Participants have a failure-rate of only 5% and lower one-year recidivism rates than eligible non-participants.
$38.7 million in Justice Reinvestment Grant Program funds are distributed to Oregon counties.
CJC holds first Justice Reinvestment Summit
Rules are created to govern the Justice Reinvestment Grant Program.
$15 million in initial reinvestment funds are distributed to counties.
HB 3194, the Justice Reinvestment Act, passes the Oregon Legislature which made several modest sentencing changes and created the Justice Reinvestment Grant Program.
CJC Begins receiving implementation assistance from the Vera Institute of Justice.
Oregon joins BJA’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative.
Public Safety Report
Commission on Public Safety published final report to the Governor proposing several policy recommendations which become the foundation for HB 3194.
Increased Prison Usage
Oregon’s incarceration rate increases at a pace four time the national average. The prison population reaches more than 14,000 inmates resulting in a total biennial corrections budget of over $1.4 billion.