The Transforming Justice Coalition is a group of Oregon’s community leaders who are directly impacted by the criminal justice system, culturally specific service providers, and policy advocates that came together amidst the racial justice reckoning in the summer of 2020.
For 2023, the Coalition’s legislative agenda consisted of three proposals to advance racial justice and community safety.
SB 581 passed with bipartisan support and has been signed into law by Governor Tina Kotek!
Earned discharge will now be available to more that 4000 additional people who are on parole, probation, and post-prison supervision. For people whose crimes are eligible and who are successfully meeting their goals, the new law is an incentive-based process that allows folks to earn up to a 50% reduction in their supervision period, regardless of when they were convicted.
To ensure equitable and full implementation of SB 581, we are working with reentry organizations, allies in the Transforming Justice Coalition, and the Department of Corrections in early 2024 and beyond.
Victims’ Healing and Gun Violence Prevention funding passed with bipartisan support!
Healing Hurt People works to reduce future crime, trauma, arrests, and emergency room visits while increasing community safety. Along with our partners at Healing Hurt People and the Transforming Justice Coalition, we succeeded in securing nearly $4 million for victims of intentional harm like gun violence around the state.
More victims will now receive hospital crisis intervention and a range of resources that can include safety planning, housing, medical follow-up, and substance use disorder treatment – a critical investment that continues the state’s commitment to supporting survivors and their families.
HB 2650 was voted out of its committee, but it then failed to pass along with the hundreds of other bills that were affected by the 35-day walkout.
Equitable Workgroups for Equitable Outcomes would have required task forces and workgroups to include people who are most affected by policies to be a part of the decision-making process. At least half of the workgroup and task force members would have needed to be from historically underserved communities, have lived experiences, and be representatives of community-based organizations.