Who We Are

The Multnomah County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) is a statutorily created collaboration and is made up of key local public safety partners. The Council is currently co-chaired by Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty.

The Executive Committee, which guides the work of multiple subcommittees and workgroups, meets monthly.

The LPSCC office consists of six full-time employees, and seeks to further criminal justice reform through facilitation, planning, project management, data analysis, and community engagement.

What We Do

The Multnomah County LPSCC engages in a variety of activities to improve and reform the criminal justice system. Recent activities include:

  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC): Since 2015, LPSCC has led the local SJC work, a nationwide initiative designed to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. Our current project is to reform the pretrial system.

  • What Works in Public Safety conference: LPSCC brings together state and regional policy makers to provide them with information on best practices to guide their decision-making. The 2020 conference kicked off a visioning process that will transform future local justice policy.
  • Multnomah County Justice Reinvestment Program (MCJRP): This legislative program seeks to fund effective local crime control strategies that increase public safety and ultimately reduce the demand for costly prison resources. The costs avoided by reducing the use of state prisons will return to the County to enhance and sustain effective local public safety strategies. Since its inception, the Multnomah County Justice Reinvestment Program assessment and adjudication processes have decreased the number of people sentenced to prison by approximately 40%.