Benton County Hosts New Forums for Justice System Program

As we continue to accelerate our way to the eminent domain purchase of 29.53 acres of land about a mile north of downtown, Benton County will begin hosting more community forums regarding the Justice System Improvement Program (JSIP).

The JSIP team held more than 30 community events in an effort to determine Benton County residents’ position on the process of building a new county jail with various support offices surrounding it. To date, county commissioners have borrowed about $33 million to replace the courthouse and district attorney’s offices. An additional $55 million was secured through federal, state, “existing” and other funding.

On Tuesday, September 13, a forum will be held at Linus Pauling Middle School, located at 1111 NW Cleveland Ave, Corvallis. In this forum, county officials will talk about the mental health and crisis response aspects of JSIP. This forum takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Register to attend this forum here.

On Wednesday, October 19, another forum will be held at Linus Pauling Middle School, located at 1111 NW Cleveland Ave, Corvallis. In this forum, county officials will discuss safety, improving accountability and emergency response. This forum takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Register to attend this forum here.

For more information on the Justice System Improvement Program, please visitwww.bentoncountyjustice.org.

By Sally K Lehman