Our 2023 Legislative Agenda is here!
Oregon’s 2023 legislative session is in full swing, and we’re excited about Partnership for Safety & Justice’s Advocacy Day where we will join with advocates from across Oregon in support of this critical slate of policies!
At the heart of our agenda are the values that fuel our movement: racial justice, crime survivors’ healing, and transforming our criminal justice system to invest less in punishment and more in communities.
Transforming Justice Coalition Legislative Priorities: Centering Equity in Community Safety
The Transforming Justice Coalition is a group of people who are directly impacted by the criminal justice system, culturally specific service providers, and policy advocates that came together amidst the racial justice reconning in the summer of 2020.
For 2023, the Coalition’s legislative agenda consists of three proposals that advance racial justice and community safety.
SB 581 – Earned discharge for more people who are on parole, probation, and post-prison supervision. The proposal would allow those whose crimes are eligible and who are successfully meeting their supervision goals to earn up to a 50% reduction in their sentence, regardless of when they were convicted.
Learn more at safetyandjustice.org/581 and on this Oregon Legislature’s webpage.
Invest in Victims’ Healing and Gun Violence Prevention to reduce future crime and trauma while increasing community safety across Oregon. Victims would receive hospital crisis intervention and support that can include safety planning and being connected with a range of supports, including housing, medical follow-up, and substance use disorder treatment.
Learn more at safetyandjustice.org/HHP.
HB 2650 – Equitable Workgroups for Equitable Outcomes would require task forces and workgroups to include people who are most affected by policies. At least half of workgroup and task force members will need to be from historically underserved communities and representatives of community-based organizations.
Learn more at safetyandjustice.org/2650 and on this Oregon’ Legislature’s webpage.
Other Legislative Priorities We Strongly Support
SHRINKING THE SYSTEM AND INVESTING IN COMMUNITIES.
Restorative Justice Grant Program began as a pilot program in 2021 to broaden pathways for crime survivors to seek accountability and healing for the harm they have experienced. This year’s funding proposal will seek $4 million for the next biennium.
Justice Reinvestment Initiative is a state grant program that reduces prison use and redirects some savings toward victims’ services, mental health services, and housing. The approach has safely shortened sentences and invested millions of dollars in community-based programs, while also preventing two prisons from opening and closed two others.
Measure 110 passed in November 2020 with overwhelming support from Oregonians who believe that we need to decriminalize substance use disorder and invest in treatment and services for people who experience addiction. Now, the Oregon legislature must protect these dollars that have already been allocated for the services that our communities want, need, and deserve.
Health Justice Recovery Alliance is leading advocacy on this proposal. More details at https://healthjusticerecovery.org/