May 15, 2012

The nation’s leading experts on victim-services traveled to Portland, Oregon to deliver a two-day training (May 7-8th) hosted by the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice (DCJ).  Over 48 community corrections professionals attended the training with participants coming from Multnomah, Marion, Yamhill, Washington and Columbia counties.

Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, Multnomah County Community Justice competed for the training against 50 jurisdictions across the country.  Topics of discussion included best practices for parole/probation officers in communicating with victims, collecting information about the impact of crime on victims, and creative ways to improve restitution collection.    

 The Department of Community Justice has prioritized its commitment to victims and the community in its strategic plan.   A committee comprised of DCJ staff and local community partners will continue the work introduced at the training.