DCJ Director Erika Preuitt

Erika Preuitt in front of gray backgroundErika Preuitt is the Director of the Department of Community Justice.  Her core value is that people can change. She is committed to evidence based practices, community engagement and community partnership. Her over 20 years of experience within DCJ has helped to shape and anchor these values.  

Erika's experience includes working with intensive case management and the Adult Gang Unit as Probation and Parole Officer.  She served the Department as Community Justice Manager for 8 years.  Her responsibilities were diverse and included supervising Centralized Intake, the Peninsula Field Office, Juvenile Services (Intake, Day Reporting Center and Skill Development program), Day Reporting  Center and North District Field Office. 

Erika was promoted to District Manager and served DCJ in this capacity for 9 years.  She provided leadership and oversight in areas related to the mentally ill, African American Program, Community Partners Reinvestment Program, Justice Involved Women, services to gang members, generic supervision, family services, community service, Day  Reporting  Center and Londer Learning Center. Erika was the Adult Services Division Director for two years prior to becoming Deputy Director, and then Interim Director. 

Erika is also an active member of the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA).  She was a participant in the inaugural Leadership Institute and has grown within the association to become a Regional Representative, At Large Representative serving on the Executive Committee, APPA Secretary and now serves the association as President Elect.  Erika is honored to be able to serve in leadership roles locally, nationally and international engaging in work that benefits justice involved individuals and the communities in which they live.

Juvenile Services Division Director Deena Corso 

Deena Corso in front of gray backgroundDeena Corso is the Director of the Juvenile Services Division.  She has worked for Multnomah County for 25 years and has experience as a practitioner, front-line supervisor and executive manager in all aspects of juvenile justice - prevention and early intervention, risk and needs assessment, informal case handling, adjudication, field probation, skill building, mental health and addictions assessment and treatment, accountability programs and services to youth in secured detention.
Deena is a local and national expert on evidence-based practices related to juvenile probation supervision and treatment for juvenile related offenses.  She has been an active leader in the implementation of numerous evidence-based initiatives such as the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), Cross-over Youth Practice Model (CYPM), Functional Family Probation (FFP), Reclaiming Futures, Trauma Informed Care, and Wraparound Systems of Care.  Additionally, she has received advanced training as a clinical supervisor in both Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) and Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT), two evidence-based family therapy programs for successful intervention with serious and chronic justice involved youth.
Deena believes whole-heartedly in partnership and possesses a strong aptitude for collaboration with community partners and system stakeholders.  She is committed to reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system, implementing trauma-informed policies and practices, and ensuring meaningful participation by victims through restorative practices that assist youth in repairing harm.

Adult Services Division Director Jay Scroggin

Jay Scroggin profile photo Jay Scroggin is the Adult Services Division Director for Multnomah County's Department of Community Justice. Jay began his career in community corrections as a Parole-Probation Officer (PPO). He worked in Deschutes, Jefferson, and Umatilla counties, before becoming a criminal justice manager in Clackamas County. Jay served as the Executive Director of the Oregon State Parole Board before coming to Multnomah County. As a Senior Manager with the Adult Services Division, Jay's expertise guided DCJ's Domestic Violence, Sex Offense, Gang, Intake, Reduced Supervision, and Pretrial Services teams. Jay is a native Oregonian, and enjoys spending his free time with family.