State Criminal Justice Profile


BJA Investments

In Fiscal Year 2014, BJA provided more than $6 million* in state and local funds to Oregon.

Justice Assistance Grant Program—State Formula $2,138,393
Justice Assistance Grant Program—14 Local Awards $957,343
Other Direct Discretionary Funds $3,852,414

Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
*This amount does not include funding for national training and technical assistance programs that benefit all states and territories.

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Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—State Formula

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Oregon Criminal Justice Commission 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Oregon 2014 JAG Program $2,138,393

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program—Local Awards

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
City of Beaverton 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Tactical Safety and Communications Equipment for the Beaverton Police Department $25,015
City of Bend 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Portable Radios $28,451
City of Grants Pass 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Expanding Restorative Justice Options $15,485
City of Hillsboro 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Hillsboro Police Department Property and Evidence Equipment Grant $22,816
City of Klamath Falls 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Ocean Systems Mobile Forensic Video, Image, and Audio Acquisition and Processing Solution $11,637
City of Medford 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Safe Schools Initiative $73,762
City of Portland 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 2014 Portland-Metropolitan Area Law Enforcement Community JAG Programs $483,619
City of Redmond 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Redmond Police Mobile Data Terminal Upgrade Project $12,003
City of Salem 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 City of Salem Community Service Officer Program and Marion County Sheriff Security Enhancements $82,971
City of Springfield 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 2014 JAG Program $18,234
Clackamas County Juvenile Department 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Enhancement of Cognitive Skills Groups in Community School Prevention Sites $29,550
Deschutes County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2015 Victim Alarms, Encrypted Communications, and Improved Coordination $23,640
Lane County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Law Enforcement Equipment and Contracts for Analytical Services $91,263
Washington County 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Enforcement and Training to Prevent and Reduce Human Trafficking, Prostitution, and Digital Exploitation $38,897

Other Direct Discretionary Funds

Grantee Name GMS Project Period Project Title GMS Award Amount
Benton County Sheriff’s Office 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 2014 Benton County Drug Treatment Court Enhancement Program $199,874
Harney County 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Harney County Treatment Court $109,749
Jackson County 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Reach-In Recovery Program $567,100
Josephine County 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Josephine County Drug Court Enhancement Project $200,000
Multnomah County 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Multnomah County Drug Court Enhancement Project $200,000
Oregon Criminal Justice Commission 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2017 Oregon FY 2014 Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Maximizing State Reforms $1,750,000
Oregon Criminal Justice Commission 10/01/2013 – 09/30/2017 Oregon FY 2014 Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners (RSAT) Program $110,057
Oregon Criminal Justice Commission 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) FY 2014 Reallocation $61,033
Oregon Criminal Justice Commission 08/01/2012 – 07/31/2015 2014 Oregon Palm Print Live Scanners Project $122,067
Oregon Department of Corrections 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2016 Oregon Department of Corrections “Breaking the Silence” Project $500,000
Oregon Department of Justice 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2015 Oregon FY 2014 John R. Justice Program $32,534

Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers

Law Enforcement Agencies: 215

Sworn Officers: 5,959

City     County     Tribal     State*     Other

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Report (2013)

  • More than 75% of the 215 law enforcement agencies in Oregon have 50 or fewer sworn officers.
  • Nearly 54% of sworn officers work for agencies with 100 or more officers.
Note: Detail may sum to more than 100% due to rounding.

Officer Fatalities and Assaults

Between 2004 and 2013, 4 officers were feloniously killed (0 in 2013) and 1 officer was accidentally killed in the line of duty. In 2013, 542 officers were assaulted (1.09% of all officers assaulted in the United States).

Crime Trends

According to the FBI Annual Report, nationwide violent crime in 2013 decreased more than 4% from the 2012 estimates. Below are the current crime trends for Oregon:

Crime 2012 2013 %
Violent Crime 9,653 9,984 3.4
Murder and Manslaughter 92 80 -13.0
Forcible Rape* 1,140 3,356 N/A
Robbery 2,413 2,397 -0.7
Aggravated Assault 6,008 5,610 -6.6
Property Crime 125,723 124,737 -0.8
Burglary 21,901 20,769 -5.2
Larceny-Theft 93,619 94,106 0.5
Motor Vehicle Theft 10,203 9,862 -3.3
*Agencies within this state submitted rape data according to both the revised UCR definition of rape and the legacy UCR definition of rape.

Arrest Data

In 2013, total arrests (54,323) decreased 57.48% from 2012. Violent-crime arrests decreased 60.81% (1,648), and property-related arrests decreased 62.63% (9,446).
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Court Structure

Court of Last Resort:    Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate:    Court of Appeals
General Jurisdiction:    Circuit Court
Limited Jurisdiction:    County Court; Justice Court; Municipal Court


Prisoner Admissions: 5,532
Prisoner Releases: 5,048
Total Prisoners: 15,362

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (2013)

Major Correctional Facilities: 14
Recidivism Rate*: 29.4%
Top Offenses: Drugs, assault, other (FY 2015)

Source: Oregon Department of Corrections
*Recidivism is defined as the total percentage of a release cohort that was convicted of any felony at any time within the specified number of months following release from prison. A release cohort comprises all individuals who were released to parole or post-prison supervision during a 6-month period.

Regional Informations Sharing Systems® (RISS)

The Western States Information Network (WSIN), a RISS Center, serves Oregon. There are 199 Oregon criminal justice agencies that are members of WSIN.
Source: Regional Information Sharing Systems

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In Oregon, Byrne JAG state funding has assisted with numerous innovative initiatives and supports:

  • Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training’s establishment of the Center for Policing Excellence within the Public Safety Academy. This training center develops and delivers training to local law enforcement on evidence-based policing and community supervision practices. It also provides law enforcement with technical assistance when needed. Part of the state’s 2013 Justice Reinvestment legislation, the center will help law enforcement officers use evidence-based deterrence, enforcement, and interdiction strategies.

  • The State Administering Agency’s efforts to improve and update the Oregon Treatment Court Management System. This information system will help improve court performance and accountability, data collection, grant monitoring, and future drug court evaluation.

  • Fourteen of the state’s network of 68 specialty courts. Byrne JAG funds support 1 family court, 1 veterans court, and 12 adult/juvenile drug courts. As the largest single Byrne JAG investment for the state, the outputs and evaluations of these courts are continually monitored by the State Administering Agency. For example, it recently completed a randomized controlled trial of 4 adult drug courts targeted for high-risk, nonviolent property offenders.

Source: National Criminal Justice Association

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State Administering Agency (SAA)

Oregon Criminal Justice Commission Michael Schmidt, Executive Director

Oregon At-A-Glance

Total Population: 3,930,065
Population Under 18: 857,606
Population Over 65: 607,395

Source: U.S. Census (2013 est.)

State Investigative Agency:
Oregon State Police Richard Evans, Jr., Superintendent

Local Governments: 1,542
Source: U.S. Census (2012)

Federally Recognized Tribes: 10
Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Attorneys’ Office: Billy J. Williams—District of Oregon, Portland Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Homeland Security Agency: Oregon Military Department Major General Michael E. Stencel, Adjutant General

Drug Courts: 69
Source: National Drug Court Resource Center