Lane Council of Governments
859 Willamette Street, Suite 500
Eugene, OR 97401
Lane County Administration
Public Service Building
125 E. 8th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
2011 PSCC Criminal Justice System Report Card
2014 PSCC Report Card Data Book
Bylaws of the Lane County Public Safety Coordinating Council
CHAIR, TIM LAUE
VICE CHAIR, PAUL SOLOMON
Eugene City Councilor
Public Health Manager
Oakridge City Manager
Health & Human Services
Director (Mental Health)
Youth Services Representative
Chief of Police
Springfield City Councilor
Circuit Court Presiding Judge
Oregon State Police Representative
Oregon Youth Authority
Acting County Administrator
The Public Safety Coordinating Council (PSCC), a regional advisory council for the Board of County Commissioners, is charged with ensuring every effort is taken to effectively use resources to prevent crime, reduce crime, and increase the sense of safety within our communities. The PSCC strategy for meeting their charge is three-fold:
- Have a mechanism to monitor system progress that allows PSCC to know how well it is doing in meeting its charge.
- Explore and implement appropriate governance models that increase system efficiency and cost-effectiveness; and
- Make sure there is a continuum of programs and services that promote healthy behavior, ensure the ability to protect the community, and hold offenders accountable.
In 1995, Oregon voters passed Measure 11 to increase prison time for violent crimes, sending more people to State prisons for a longer time. This led to creating the local public safety coordinating councils to help communities cope with offenders locally. Each county in Oregon is mandated, through SB 1145, to have a local Public Safety Coordinating Council. Most PSCCs do not have dedicated staff. In Lane County, we are fortunate that some of the SB 1145 money that comes from the state to the county for incarceration and supervision of offenders under local control has been set aside for planning and system wide coordination. Currently, Lane County and the cities of Eugene and Springfield have an intergovernmental agreement with the Lane Council of Governments to staff the Lane County Public Coordinating Council.
The PSCC works to bring together agencies that are interested in public safety to assure that policies and programs work in a coordinated manner across jurisdictional lines and in sync with one another. There are many different agencies that work to create safe communities, manage offenders, and assist victims. All of these different agencies work together to create a system that is effective, easy to use, and able to adapt to the needs of our communities.
Vision and Guiding Principles
We will live in a safe community supported by a safety and justice system that works together to focus on prevention and restoration, while balancing intervention and enforcement. The system will be built on a solid foundation of constitutional principles, statutory laws and community values which honor and promote personal responsibility, family and neighborhood involvement, and trust among people and institutions.
- We will prevent crime by promoting conditions, behaviors, and individual and community attitudes that result in a safe community.
- We will hold youth and adult offenders accountable and employ sanctions which fit the circumstances of the crime and the offender.
- We will promote the rights of victims and the community to be compensated and restored.
- We will provide opportunities for skill training, rehabilitation, and reintegration of offenders into the community.
- We will assist community members to understand and accept their responsibility to contribute to and maintain a safe and just society.
- We will coordinate the programs and activities of governmental and private agencies that affect community safety and justice, and will ensure agencies work in partnership with the business community and citizens.
- We will make effective community safety decisions based on research data from a comprehensive information management system.
- We will support the rights of all individuals to a fair and non-discriminatory legal process.
Goal 1: Have a system in place that monitors, evaluates, and recommends improvements for the effectiveness of the community safety system.
Goal 2: Review governance models and make recommendations that support cooperative and coordinated approaches to community safety.
Goal 3: Have a continuum of services and sanctions in place based on proven best practices that promote community safety.