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.