Partnership for Safety and Justice has four distinct programs.
Safety and Sentencing Program: This program promotes approaches to public safety that help foster safe communities, are fiscally responsible, and reduce our over-reliance on prisons. This program promotes safe and sensible sentencing reform (with a special focus on youth), as well as proven and effective alternatives to incarceration.
Crime Survivor Program: This program is dedicated to promoting progressive responses to the needs of crime survivors. We are building a base of crime survivors who advocate for a system focused on prevention, offender accountability, and assistance to help survivors rebuild their lives.
Youth Justice: Public safety is best served when youth in trouble are held accountable and given the services they need to succeed in the juvenile justice system rather than the adult criminal justice system. Our Youth Justice Campaign works to combat the laws that automatically try, sentence, and imprison youth in our adult system. Our recent study on how mandatory minimums, adult sentencing, and Measure 11 affects youth, see “Misguided Measures: The Impact and Outcomes of Measure 11.”
Justice Reinvestment: Increasing amounts of our public safety dollars go towards prisons, while we are under-funding the programs best equipped to effectively address and prevent crime. PSJ works 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. For more on how Oregon’s counties are faring in justice reinvestment, see Oregon’s Course Correction.