Oregon should overhaul handling of insanity defendants, state official says

PORTLAND — The state of Oregon needs to overhaul the way it handles people found guilty except for insanity and better track what happens to them once they are released from state jurisdiction, the head of the agency that supervises such defendants said.

In an interview, Alison Bort, executive director of the Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board, acknowledged gaps in the system for treating and discharging people found criminally insane and said the state Legislature should consider appointing a state task force to weigh reforms.

“I don’t think anyone disagrees we can do better,” Bort said.

The review board has been under scrutiny for the past two years after a person it released was accused of killing two others within a month of . . .