Oregon’s Justice Reinvestment program is a nationally renowned approach to public safety that keeps communities safe, eliminates prison growth, and invests a portion of averted prison costs back into communities for crime prevention, treatment programs, and crime survivor services.
Partnership for Safety and Justice advocated for the initial passage (HB 3194) and continued funding for Justice Reinvestment because we know that our prison system is too big and that investment in communities saves lives, strengthens families, and creates the longterm success and safety we want for all Oregonians.
By safely reducing harsh prison sentences, Oregon has successfully flatlined prison growth, saving the state more than $250 million by 2019, including averted costs from the construction of a new prison.
The approach has also inspired local innovation.
A fraction of those savings is invested into community-based programs – services that include community corrections, crime survivor programs, addiction treatment, mental health services, and re-entry programs, all of which help people heal and rebuild their lives.
To learn more about how Justice Reinvestment grants are supporting your community, click on your county below. Each county fact sheet has information about the grants received and which community-based programs are being supported.
You can also see who serves on your Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, local groups that guide the Justice Reinvestment work in your county. We encourage you to reach out to them, attend public meetings, and learn more.
Our advocacy work builds on these successes as we continue to advance public safety solutions that achieve accountability, equity, and healing that build strong families, safe communities, and a just society.