July 20, 2021
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Multnomah County Celebrates Pre-Trial Watch, Probation and Parole Week #PPPSWeek
PORTLAND, Ore. – July 18-24 is Pre-Trial Watch, Probation and Parole Week. Every year, the Multnomah County Community Justice Department (DCJ) – which includes a variety of professionals, from probation and parole officers and juvenile court counselors to juvenile custody specialists, prison counselors and administrative staff, employment coordinators, victim advocates and even community health specialists – recognizes the work these individuals have done to meet the ministry’s vision of “community safety through positive change” .
These professionals encompass a range of skills, experiences and training. They are often silent partners, but spend a lot of time with people in the community while collaborating with partners, leaders and community agencies. They provide basic services such as investigations, victim advocacy, community supervision and response to violations, but they also play a vital role in linkages with treatment, employment, and even access to the needs of the victim. basics such as food and transportation.
“The past 18+ months have been punctuated with immense challenges and crises,” said Erika Preuitt, director of the Multnomah County Community Justice Department. “The COVID-19 pandemic, a series of unprecedented natural disasters and weather events, and the epidemic of community violence continue to wreak havoc in our community. The role of our pre-trial, probation and parole professionals – and all intermediary roles – is crucial for community safety, prevention, intervention and healing.
The Multnomah County Community Justice Department includes more than 500 professionals. DCJ staff supervise over 10,000 adults per year, process over 24,000 cases in our Reconnaissance Unit, receive over 2,200 youth referrals, and serve approximately 875 youth and their families, which includes diversion, supervision informal and formal.
Staff continued to provide services to those involved in the justice system and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes staff who maintained 24/7 operations in the county’s Juvenile Detention and Reconnaissance Unit. And many staff members mobilized in response to unprecedented community violence.
Probation, probation and parole professionals work in partnership with law enforcement and community organizations towards a shared vision of a safer community. DCJ staff respect the rights of victims and strive to provide services and protection to victims. They advocate for the restoration of communities affected by violence – which are disproportionately communities of color.
This week, we recognize the dedication and passion of these professionals. On Thursday, July 22, 2021, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners will proclaim July 18-24 as Pre-Trial Supervision, Probation and Parole Week.