Oregon provides moderate access to criminal justice information. Court records are available, in bulk. Criminal history information is confidential. Corrections records access is subject to agency discretion.
House Bill 3289 is related to data collection of Oregon local and regional correctional facilities As such, this bill required the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to conduct studies on current practices in each facility related to data and data collection. This included assessing the collection and availability of data on the medical, mental and behavioral conditions of inmates and the general use of data practices, systems, and reporting.
Senate Bill 420 is related to the expungement of marijuana criminal convictions. Pursuant to this bill, the Department of Justice is directed to identify misdemeanor convictions for possession, delivery or manufacture of marijuana, based on conduct that would not constitute as a crime under law in the state of Oregon. Accordingly, the DOJ is required to review records of conviction(s) and determine those that are eligible for expungement by January 2022. Whereupon, the DOJ will notify prosecuting attorney’s of qualifying convictions. SB 420 further directs a prosecuting attorney to file motion to set aside a conviction, unless deemed ineligible.
House Bill 3361 is related to open data standards. Written with the intent of the Legislative Assembly to establish an open data policy, this bill emphasized the use of information technology tools to enhance state transparency and promote public trust via a central web portal. As such, HB 3361 directed the State Chief Information Officer to appoint a Chief Data Officer to maintain the web portal for publication of state agencies data. Moreover, this bill aimed at ensuring the quality and consistency of publishable data, and establishing statewide data governance and policy.
House Bill 2355 is related to the collection of law enforcement data pertaining to pedestrian and traffic stop incidents. This bill required the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, in consultation with the Department of State Police and the Department of Justice, develop and implement a standardized method for the collection of required data from all law enforcement agencies. Data requirements included data and time of stop, location, race, ethnicity, age, sex, alleged violation, disposition of stop, etc. In accordance with HB 2355, the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission was directed to assess data reported to identify patterns, practices, and profiling to the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.