CVU Releases Addendum to Report on Multnomah County Juvenile Services
CRIME VICTIMS UNITED
Crime Victims United has released its third report on Multnomah Juvenile Services. The first report issued in May of 2008 was a comprehensive look at the policies and practices of the department that were encouraged and facilitated by the Casey Foundation.
A subsequent first addendum chronicled the initial reaction of Juvenile Services management and also documented the relative lack of use of such basic juvenile justice tools as community service and victim restitution.
Drawing on data compiled by the State of Oregon, this second addendum shows that over a 7 year period, Multnomah County reduced juvenile criminal arrests less than half as much as the state as a whole. The report also demonstrates the continuing negative trend in robberies and the most violent of crimes, as shown by Measure 11 admissions to detention.
The latest report points out that after nearly 5 months since the first comprehensive report issued by Crime Victims United, Multnomah County has failed to make any serious effort to address the issues or recommendations made in that report. The County's reluctance to look at fundamental change neglects the needs of the community which deserves a reasonable level of protection, and the needs of delinquent youth, who need credible reasons to change their behavior.