About Us

About Us 2017-01-11T10:07:39+00:00

Partnership for Safety and Justice (PSJ) is a multi-faceted, statewide advocacy organization based in Portland, Oregon. PSJ was originally founded in 1999.

We have developed a pioneering and provocative model for our work – one that works with all of those most directly affected by crime, violence and the criminal justice system (survivors of crime, people convicted of crime, and the families of both) – to advocate for a system that is just and that more effectively builds safer, healthier communities. This approach offers a holistic perspective needed for comprehensive and effective change.

We believe it is time for a more effective and fiscally-responsible approach to public safety – an approach that focuses on prevention, curbs the unsustainable growth of our prison system, invests in evidence-based programs that are proven to reduce crime, and strengthens support systems and services for people harmed by crime. Crime and public safety are complicated social issues and we need smart solutions, not oversimplified approaches promoted by fear or frustration.

Partnership for Safety and Justice works hard to ensure our values drive our work. And we search for policies that embody all of our values simultaneously. We strive to ensure Oregon’s approach to public safety is based on the principles of safety, prevention, accountability, healing, rehabilitation, and justice.