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We Deserve Better

Youth are capable of positive transformation and our laws and policies should give them an opportunity to take accountability and then re-build their lives.  This two-minute video “We Deserve Better” highlights some of the core problems we must address in order to improve our approach to youth justice. 

Oregon Out Of Balance

Let legislators know that Oregon needs to invest more in life-saving victim services, addiction treatment, mental health services and re-entry programs for a more effective approach to building safe and healthy communities. 

The Next Right Thing

"The Next Right Thing" follows the story of Jamaica, a mother struggling to overcome barriers that come with a conviction history. Like many others coming out of prison, Jamaica is ready and eager to work. When businesses and governments include people with conviction histories in their hiring polls, everyone wins. "The Next Right Thing" interviews [...]

PSJ Is In The Give!Guide!

PSJ is part of the Willamette Week Give!Guide for the third year in a row! This means that you can get FREE tasty and fun prizes just for donating $10 or more to PSJ.

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. 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 [...]

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 [...]

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." Read [...]

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.