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The system that freed Montwheeler topic of public meeting Thursday night

The Malheur Enterprise and ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom, will host a free community forum Thursday to discuss Oregon’s criminal insanity system, which decided to free Anthony Montwheeler just before he was accused of killing a Weiser woman and a Vale man.

The newsrooms teamed up this year to investigate what happened to hundreds of people freed by the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board in the last decade -- the first public accounting of those outcomes.

In its recently published report, the Enterprise found that about one-third of those discharged from the state committed crimes within three years. State leaders are now calling for changes to better protect the public.

Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica editor-in-chief, will lead the discussion on Thursday at Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario. Doors open at 6 p.m. for refreshments and the event . . .