Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson led the county’s 8th Annual Reentry Initiative breakfast in Salem on Tuesday, bringing together over 200 community, business, and statewide leaders to celebrate the county’s efforts to reduce recidivism. The breakfast featured local and state elected officials including State Sen. Jackie Winters, R-Salem, and Congressman Kurt Schrader.

“I’ve worked with Janet over many years and know her as a very smart person who is very capable and knows business,” said Schrader. “It’s hard to not go with her on whatever she is asking, especially a great program like this.”

Marion County’s recidivism rate has gone from 37-percent in 2002