Who We Are
The Multnomah County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) is statutorily mandated 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 Mayor Ted Wheeler.
The Executive Committee meets monthly and also guides the work of multiple subcommittees and workgroups.
The LPSCC office consists of six FTE, 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. A few examples of these recent activities are below.
- The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC). Since 2015, LPSCC has led the local work with ,SJC, 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.
- The 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 began a visioning process that will guide the direction of future local justice policy.
- Justice Reinvestment. 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 (MCJRP) assessment and adjudication processes have decreased the number of people sentenced to prison by approximately 40%.