Deschutes County, Oregon

Summary

Deschutes County is a mountain community located in the center of Oregon, three hours from Portland. The city of Bend is the county seat. Deschutes County seeks to pilot a pre-charge program for people suspected of possession of a controlled substance, which will reduce arrests and be an alternative to incarceration. It is a two-tiered program that is part of the county’s broader Goldilocks program that focuses on graduated diversion and sentencing options for drug offenses. Program participants who substantially comply with their treatment plan requirements may avoid arrest and improve their prospects and chances for recovery.

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