We advocate for policies that make Oregon’s approach to public safety more effective and just for people convicted of crime, survivors of crime, and the families of both.
End The Disastrous Drug War And Focus On Healing
In our regular Street Roots column, PSJ’s Executive Director Andy Ko writes about how far we have come toward addressing harmful drug use for what it is: a health and social challenge best dealt with outside of a jail cell and what’s next in our efforts to end the failed “War on Drugs.”
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. But at the eleventh hour, DOC Director Collette Peters delayed the decision until December, announcing that she hoped other measures, including Justice Reinvestment, would further hold down inmate population growth.
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 over-incarceration.
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.”
Multnomah DA Adopts New Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Policy For Juveniles
Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill has released a new policy for Measure 11 offenders who are juveniles.
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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.
PSJ is pleased to announce that we’re launching Help.Hope.Heal., a website designed for the people crime survivors are most likely to reach out to for help: their family and friends.
We are pleased to announce that PSJ has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund at the Northwest Health Foundation. The 2-year grant is a critical investment in our effort to reduce the harm of parental incarceration on children and families.
Updated individual Justice Reinvestment county fact sheets for the 2015-2017 biennium are now available. These county fact sheets reflect 2015 data for how Justice Reinvestment grants are being used throughout the state to create safety and rebuild the lives of people impacted by crime.