Justice Information Center
The Justice Information Center (JIC) is a searchable database of the research and evaluation work of the Justice Research and Statistics Association's staff, members, and partners. It includes information from the national, state, and local levels across a broad range of crime and justice topics.
The JIC covers research-based materials grouped into several Communities and Collections:
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U Visa Certification Requests in Oregon, 2021
(Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, 2022-12-02)
The U Visa is a nonimmigrant status for victims who are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in investigating or prosecuting criminal activity. An early step in applying for a U Visa is submitting a certification request to a certifying agency to certify that the applicant is assisting or has assisted in prosecuting a crime. The law requires law enforcement agencies to submit data to the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) on U Visa certification requests in Oregon that the CJC will report to the legislature. This report covers the second year of this data collection, including certification requests received during 2021.
Bias Crimes (2021) Report
(Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, 2022-07-01)
During the 2019 legislative session, the legislature passed, and the Governor signed Senate Bill 577. Section 9 of this bill requires the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) to review all data on bias crimes and non-criminal bias incidents and to report the results annually on July 1. This report is the third annual report and covers data on bias crimes and non-criminal bias incidents that occurred in Oregon during the calendar years 2020 and 2021. The full report displays summary data, empirical analysis of bias crimes and non-criminal bias incidents from several data sources, including the Bias Response Hotline established by the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) dedicated to assisting victims, witnesses, and other reporters of bias crimes and non-criminal bias incidents. In addition, the report displays data on bias-related criminal offenses taken from Oregon’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) housed within the Oregon State Police (OSP), data on the prosecution of bias crimes from three district attorneys’ offices that were involved in a data collection pilot with CJC, arrest data taken from the National Law Enforcement Data System (LEDS), court data for bias crimes taken from Oregon’s Odyssey data system, and conviction and sentencing data for bias crimes from Oregon’s Department of Corrections (DOC).
Oregon Recidivism Analysis
(Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, 2022-11-01)
This report is the sixteenth semiannual recidivism report authored by the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) with the assistance of state agency partners. In this report, the CJC’s methodology for connecting cohorts to potential recidivism is consistent with past reports (please see the Appendix of the May 2018 report and the November 2020 report2). The CJC analyzes two groups separately: those released to post-prison supervision and those who receive a new probation sentence. ORS 423.557 defines recidivism as an individual incarcerated for a new crime, arrested or convicted of a crime within three years of release from prison/felony jail sentence, or starting a probation sentence. Arrest, conviction, and incarceration rates are tracked separately so a single individual can contribute to all three recidivism measures or a subset.
Reported Violations of Oregon’s Sanctuary Promise Act
(Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, 2022-07-01)
Oregon was the first in the nation to become a sanctuary state when it enacted a law in 1987 prohibiting state and local law enforcement agencies as well as state and local government bodies from assisting federal authorities with immigration enforcement. Oregon’s sanctuary laws have been updated several times since 1987, including during the 2021 Regular Legislative Session, when the Oregon legislature passed House Bill (HB) 3265 – the “Sanctuary Promise Act” – to further strengthen existing sanctuary laws. HB 3265 focuses on the reporting of and response to violations of Oregon’s sanctuary laws, as well as providing trauma-informed, culturally responsive support to community members via a reporting hotline. The Sanctuary Promise Act requires the CJC to 1. Develop a reporting mechanism through which the CJC will receive reports of Sanctuary Promise violations from public bodies. 2. Publish and continuously update a website with the data received from such requests (excluding personally identifiable information). 3. Coordinate with the ODOJ in developing a standardized intake process for reports made through the hotline or online reporting system. 4. Share data with the ODOJ should it be necessary for an investigation. The CJC is also required to issue an annual report no later than July 1 each year to the Governor, the Legislative Assembly, Oregon district attorneys, the Department of State Police, each Oregon law enforcement agency, and the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training that summarizes the information reported to the CJC. This report covers the first year of data collected by the CJC, including a summary of the information reported by public bodies to the CJC from July 1, 2021, through June 1, 2022.
Jail Health Care Standards Advisory Council Report
(Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, 2022-09-01)
Oregon’s cities and counties operate 39 local correctional facilities, including 31 county jails and eight municipal jails. All adults in custody in Oregon’s jails receive health care by medical staff employed by the jail, through in-facility contracted providers, or at community-based providers, such as local clinics or emergency departments. In 2021, the legislature tasked the Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) with convening an advisory committee to craft recommendations for minimum jail health care standards for an independent jail commission to continue reviewing and refining jail health care standards in the future, among other tasks. This report details the recommendations developed by the advisory committee.