Justice Reinvestment: Oregon’s Course Correction

Justice Reinvestment: Oregon’s Course Correction 2017-05-10T10:06:22+00:00

During the 2013 legislative session, the Oregon legislature passed House Bill 3194, which was expected to flatline prison growth for the next five years and save taxpayers more than $300 million.

The bill created a Justice Reinvestment Grant Program to distribute savings from averted prison growth into community-based programs that help people succeed outside of prison — services such as community corrections, re-entry programs, addiction treatment, and mental health services. It also increased funding for community-based victim services programs that help crime victims find safety and rebuild their lives.  

Within two years, the Justice Reinvestment Grant Program has already begun creating safer, healthier communities while reducing our over-reliance on prisons. Due to savings generated by HB 3194 in savings by 2015, that year’s the legislature allocated $40 million to be invested in community-based programs, including 10% toward victim services. The impact is encouraging, and yet we know that more can be done to ensure accountability, equity, and healing.

These county fact sheets reflect 2017 data for how Justice Reinvestment grants are being used throughout the state to create safety and rebuild the lives of people impacted by crime. For more information, please contact info@safetyandjustice.org.