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What Oregon officials knew about the new crimes of people found criminally insane — and when they knew it

Members of the Psychiatric Security Review Board hear testimony at the Oregon State Hospital earlier this year. Pictured from left are John Swetnam, the public member; Chairwoman Elena Balduzzi, a pscyhologist; and Trisha Elmer, a parole and probation officer. The board also includes a psychiatrist, Dr. Scott Reichlin, and an attorney, Anne Nichol. (Photo special to the Enterprise/Bruce Ely)

The top of the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board’s website boasts of its success in reforming people acquitted of crimes because of a mental disorder: “With public safety as its primary focus, the Board has an exceptional record of reintegrating clients into the community with a 6 year average 0.46% adult recidivism rate.”

In fact, a review of public . . .