Nomination of Freeman to the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission

Tim Freeman has been named to the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, according to a recent announcement from the board of commissioners for Douglas County. Last week, the Oregon Senate confirmed Commissioner Freeman after he had been nominated, appeared before a Senate committee, and provided testimony. He will serve until February 17, 2024, starting on September 28, 2019.

The goal of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission is to increase the reliability, efficacy, and efficiency of local and state criminal justice systems, according to the organization’s website. According to the law (ORS 137.651-137.685).

The CJC is in charge of creating and upholding the state’s criminal justice policy and comprehensive long-term plan, conducting research studies, providing federal agencies with criminal justice data, and assisting local public safety coordination councils with technical matters.

Some others responsibilities like reporting on the financial and racial/ethnic effects of proposed legislation, expanding drug court programs, and maintaining and updating sentencing guidelines. Nine people make up the CJC, seven of whom are governor-appointed voting members. The two non-voting members are chosen by the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate.

As a member of the Roseburg City Council, Freeman worked with other council members to prioritize public safety. Additionally, he serves as the liaison between the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

Freeman served as the District 2 representative in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2009 to 2014. He was a member of the full Ways and Means Committee as well as the Ways and Means Subcommittee for Public Safety.

Nomination of Freeman to the Oregon
Nomination of Freeman to the Oregon

The Joint Committee on Ways and Means is the legislative appropriations committee that decides on state budgetary policy, according to their website. It is a sizable committee made up of senators and representatives from the house, and it works with six to eight subcommittees to help pass the yearly state budget. They are in charge of funding the State Criminal Justice, Public Safety Division, and Programs, specifically.

At the state level, there is a great deal of responsibility involved in being nominated for and accepting leadership roles. In particular, as the Oregon Legislature gets ready to assemble for the 2023 Legislative session, this work includes policy creation, planning, and legislation for vital public safety initiatives throughout Oregon. This job will complement and be in addition to what Freeman already does as a Douglas County commissioner.

“It is an honor for me to have been proposed and subsequently chosen for the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. I’m appreciative of the state’s confidence in me to carry out this crucial work as well as the support of my colleagues and county commissioners.

Freeman uttered. “I will put in a lot of effort, along with my CJC colleagues, to defend and advance the policies, organizations, and individuals that safeguard our people, our neighborhoods, and our way of life.”

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