DCJ Director Truls Neal 

Truls Neal in front of gray backgroundTruls Neal is the Director of Multnomah County Community Justice (DCJ). He is responsible for promoting department-wide goals, continuous quality improvement, and aligning resources to carry out the strategic plan for Community Justice.

Truls has worked as a Corrections Professional for the past 25 years. He has worked in various capacities in the criminal justice field including as a corrections counselor, juvenile counselor, parole and probation officer and fourteen years in management. He began his career in California with Orange County Juvenile Probation.  In 1992, Truls moved to Oregon to work for Clackamas County Community Corrections. 

Prior to being assigned Deputy Director Truls served as a the Division Director for Multnomah County Department of Community Justice's Adult Division. Truls holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from California State University, San Bernardino. 

In addition to his professional career, Truls is actively involved with his community in his local neighborhood association and other community based organizations.  

DCJ Deputy Director Erika Preuitt

Erika Preuitt in front of gray backgroundErika Preuitt is the Deputy Director of the Department of Community Justice.  Her core value is that people can change. She is committed to evidence based practices, community engagement and community partnership. Her over 20 years of experience within DCJ has helped to shape and anchor these values.  

Erika's experience includes working with intensive case management and the Adult Gang Unit as Probation and Parole Officer.   She served the Department as Community Justice Manager for 8 years.  Her responsibilities were diverse and included supervising Centralized Intake, the Peninsula Field Office, Juvenile Services (Intake, Day Reporting Center and Skill Development program), Day Reporting  Center and North District Field Office. 

Erika was promoted to District Manager and served DCJ in this capacity for 9 years.  She provided leadership and oversight in areas related to the mentally ill, African American Program, Community Partners Reinvestment Program, Justice Involved Women, services to gang members, generic supervision, family services, community service, Day  Reporting  Center and Londer Learning Center. Erika was the Adult Services Division Director for two years prior to becoming Deputy Director. 

Erika is also an active member of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA).  She was a participant in the inaugural Leadership Institute and has grown within the association to become a Regional Representative, At Large Representative serving on the Executive Committee, APPA Secretary and now serves the association as President Elect.  Erika is honored to be able to serve in leadership roles locally, nationally and international engaging in work that benefits justice involved individuals and the communities in which they live.

Juvenile Services Division Director Deena Corso 

Deena Corso in front of gray backgroundDeena Corso is the Director of the Juvenile Services Division.  She has worked for Multnomah County for 25 years and has experience as a practitioner, front-line supervisor and executive manager in all aspects of juvenile justice - prevention and early intervention, risk and needs assessment, informal case handling, adjudication, field probation, skill building, mental health and addictions assessment and treatment, accountability programs and services to youth in secured detention.
Deena is a local and national expert on evidence-based practices related to juvenile probation supervision and treatment for juvenile offenders.  She has been an active leader in the implementation of numerous evidence-based initiatives such as the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), Cross-over Youth Practice Model (CYPM), Functional Family Probation (FFP), Reclaiming Futures, Trauma Informed Care, and Wraparound Systems of Care.  Additionally, she has received advanced training as a clinical supervisor in both Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) and Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT), two evidence-based family therapy programs for successful intervention with serious and chronic youthful offenders.
Deena believes whole-heartedly in partnership and possesses a strong aptitude for collaboration with community partners and system stakeholders.  She is committed to reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system, implementing trauma-informed policies and practices, and ensuring meaningful participation by victims through restorative practices that assist youth in repairing harm.

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The Department of Community Justice serves a vital role in protecting public safety and the strength of our communities. We intervene to prevent recurrence of crime among juvenile and adult defendants and offenders by supervising them and helping change behavior.  We provide supervision and treatment resources to youth, adults, families, and communities to address the underlying issues and problems that drive crime. We value a just and equitable system, collaborative relationships, diversity and cultural responsiveness, healthy families, information-based decisions, innovation, investing in employees, respect for all, and careful stewardship of the public's resources.

These priorities are evident in the following efforts:

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Truls Neal

Erika Preuitt 
Deputy Director