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Oregon board says those found criminally insane rarely commit new crimes. The numbers say otherwise.

CORRECTION: A review of this story after publication identified factual errors and flaws in data analysis. To learn about the errors, please see this POST. Editor’s note: After the publication of this story, Oregon’s Psychiatric Security Review Board informed the Malheur Enterprise that it did not provide the news organization with complete[Read More…]

What Oregon officials knew about the new crimes of people found criminally insane — and when they knew it

Members of the Psychiatric Security Review Board hear testimony at the Oregon State Hospital earlier this year. Pictured from left are John Swetnam, the public member; Chairwoman Elena Balduzzi, a pscyhologist; and Trisha Elmer, a parole and probation officer. The board also includes a psychiatrist, Dr. Scott Reichlin, and an[Read More…]

How journalists analyzed the outcomes of those freed by Oregon’s Psychiatric Security Review Board

Illustration special to the Enterprise by Hokyoung Kim CORRECTION: A review of this story after publication identified factual errors and flaws in data analysis. To learn about the errors, please see this POST. Studies of the criminal justice system rarely consider what happens after insanity defendants are freed. In Oregon,[Read More…]

Salem-Keizer board approves eminent domain to take St. Edward church land

St. Edward parish member Karen Scharosch urges the Salem-Keizer School Board not to pass a resolution authorizing the district to take church land. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) With the sole school board member representing Keizer abstaining, the Salem-Keizer School Board voted Tuesday to move ahead with forcing a growing Catholic parish[Read More…]

State participation in Census leads to the discovery of new addresses, new funding and perhaps a new congressional representative

Oregon officials say their participation in a new Census program could win the state $400 million a year and perhaps even a sixth U.S. House seat. For the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau has asked states to help wrangle addresses from local governments in an effort provide even more[Read More…]