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End the disastrous drug war and focus on healing

Executive director Andy Ko writes in this week’s Street Roots about how Oregon can upright state policy away from the disastrous war on drugs. “There is light at the end of the seemingly endless tunnel created by the war on drugs…. [Some] Oregon sheriffs, police chiefs and district attorneys are part of a national movement that has its epicenter here in […]

Prison push only aggravating women’s public health crises

Communications Director Talia Gad’s Street Roots column about the public health crisis embedded in women’s over-incarceration.

“Trauma is complicated, and survival strategies are even more so. But at the same time, we can’t know that ‘almost every single woman in prison has been assaulted’ and think that the solution to an overcrowded prison is another prison.”

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Oregon Was About To Open A Second Women’s Prison Because Of 25 Inmates

Oregon’s population of female prisoners keeps growing, and the state’s running out of space to put them. The Department of Corrections was poised to ask the Legislature’s Emergency Board to allocate an additional $5.2M to reopen the Oregon State Penitentiary Minimum facility for women. That would have been on top of $1 million that was already set aside for the opening. […]

Opening 2nd Women’s Prison In Oregon Would Reverse Progress

At the end of September, the Emergency Board of the Oregon State Legislature will consider a request from the Department of Corrections for nearly $10 million to open a second prison for women in Oregon. This decision would sidestep several rehabilitative programs already in place, overburden the state’s budget, and send Oregon retreating from the progress we’ve made away from […]

It’s Time We Fundamentally Change How We View Policing

PSJ ED Andy Ko suggests a starting point for ending police-related violence, writing that “the horrific violence we have witnessed over the past few weeks – all of it – and over the entire existence of our nation, can only end when we are willing to change the system that permits it to happen.”

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Misguided Measures Revisited – Keeping Youth Out Of Jails

PSJ is excited to release the first installment of our youth justice update, Misguided Measures Revisited: Keeping Youth Out of Jails. This is the first of three briefing papers following up on a 2011 comprehensive report on juvenile justice in Oregon.

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