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From: Beth Byrne, Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs, 503-742-4353

05-31-17

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Juvenile justice in Oregon: Turning lives around

Oregon’s Juvenile Justice System will be front and center at the next Willamette Women Democrats program on Thursday, June 8, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Lakewood Theater Community Room (lower level), 368 S. State St. in Lake Oswego. Clackamas County Juvenile Department Director Christina McMahan will take part as a panelist at the event.

Falling into Oregon’s Juvenile Justice System can change the life course of a young person who has been adjudicated for violating the law. If a youth is adjudicated, the Juvenile Justice System focuses on providing a safe and stable environment while holding youth accountable for their behavior; it also encourages them to finish school, learn skills, and live a productive, crime-free life after completing their probation or commitment to the Oregon Youth Authority.

In Oregon, the Juvenile Justice System deals with youth under the age of 18 who commit crimes, and if the crime is serious enough the system can hold them until the age of 25. Youths who are ages 15, 16, and 17 and are convicted as adults under Measure 11’s mandatory minimum sentencing are typically incarcerated in Oregon’s youth correctional facilities, and if they have not completed their adult sentence by age 25, are transferred to adult prisons where they are incarcerated to serve out the remaining time on their sentence.

The program will feature a panel that will provide information about Oregon’s Juvenile Justice System and some of its challenges. Panelists include:

The public is invited to hear this informative program. The cost is $15.00 for members/$20.00 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP online by Monday, June 5 or call 503-656-4445 (CM Bookkeeping).

About the panelists

For further information about the event, contact the Willamette Women Democrats at 503-656-4445.

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