'I had to actually meet them'
“When people approach the topic of juvenile justice, they are, more often than not, unable to relate to the kind of people involved in the system, and tend to see them as scary teenagers or bad kids,” said Taryn VanderPyl, a visiting assistant professor in Pacific University’s Criminal Justice, Law & Society undergraduate program. The phenomenon, called “othering,” is one that VanderPyl has sought to combat through her juvenile justice and delinquency course.
Helping the mentally ill escape the revolving door
The Oregonian 6-11-2017
Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese and Commissioner Sharon Meieran write how they've seen people in crisis pose a danger to themselves or others, then end up in hospitals or jails, where it's more costly and ineffective to address their underlying issues.
Budget Cuts Could Kill Education Program for Parolees
The Skanner 5-11-2017
Perspectives from DCJ and community members about the potential closing of the Londer Learning Center due to budget cuts.
Londer Learning Center faces chopping block
Portland Tribune 5-4-2017
Multnomah County's budget is slated to stop funding the Londer Learning Center next year due to declining numbers of program participants, as well as the shrinking number of people actually getting a GED through the program.
After killing hit man, wife fights for victims
KOIN 6 4-6-2017
Survivor of murder attempt helps Multnomah Co. develop online victims’ tool
FOX 12 4-6-2017
New portal could provide victims with real-time information on offenders
KATU 2 4-6-2017
Nurse who killed hitman helps victims (video)
Susan Walters was attacked by a hitman hired by her husband. Now, she works to help other victims of crimes. Multnomah County has the largest pool of crime victims in Oregon. The county’s Department of Community Justice is working closely with the District Attorney’s office, the Oregon Department of Corrections, and Code for America to come up with a web-based portal for crime victims. Multnomah County hopes to have the onlinevic tims' portal up and running by this fall, and while announcing those plans, commissioners proclaimed April 2-8 "Crime Victims’ Rights Week" in Multnomah County.
Probation's risky business hinges on recidivism
Portland Tribune 4-4-2017
A follow-up to Felons Go Unwatched, this article explores risk assessments and recidivism rates in the state.
Felons go unwatched
Portland Tribune 3-30-2017
A critical look at reduced supervision strategies. DCJ supervises approximately 2000 individuals convicted of felonies and misdemeanors using the reduced supervision model, which includes a PPO with higher caseload numbers and fewer requirements for face-to-face check-ins. Individuals get assigned to these caseloads by either scoring low on risk assessments, or proving themselves through successful completion of supervision requirements.
'Flip the Script' program attempts to reduce recidivism by working directly with parolees
The Skanner 3-1-2017
Central City Concern, a Portland nonprofit working to end homelessness, is the driving force behind a new program meant to help African Americans leaving the justice system. It’s called “Flip the Script,” and it focuses on breaking the cycles that send people of color back to prison more often than other parolees.
Human trafficking embedded in Portland culture
The Advocate - MHCC's independent student newspaper 1-23-2017
In Portland, the trafficking industry has three main characteristics: It’s local, it’s generational, and it’s culturally embedded.
Oregon's recidivism rate lowest in nation? Not so fast
Oregon came out ahead in a state-by-state study, but comparing recidivism rates can be misleading.
Inside Oregon's prison workforce: Education and training programs (Part II)
Part II of a two-part report looking inside Oregon's prison workforce.
Inside Oregon's prison workforce: Exploitation or opportunity? (Part 1)
Part I of a two-part report looking inside Oregon's prison workforce.