Partnership for Safety and Justice has been engaged in policy research and thought leadership from the beginning. Here are some of our most expansive publications. Our Justice Reinvestment page has more information about Justice Reinvestment in each of Oregon’s 36 counties. For legislative one-pagers or additional columns, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503) 335-8449.
Celebrating 20 Years: Our 2017-2018 Impact Report (Summer 2019)
Our focus on the people most affected by both crime and the justice system endures as the foundation of PSJ’s work. For 20 years, our holistic vision has inspired generations of our advocates and allies and informed justice reform efforts across the country. Read more here.
“All of us have a shared interest in transforming our justice system,” by Andy Ko, executive director (Oregonian, 2018)
At Partnership for Safety and Justice, one of our core beliefs is that crime victims and people who have committed crimes have a shared interest in transformation of the criminal justice system. The point of our justice system should be to reduce the harm caused by harmful situations. Read more here.
“A whole-system perspective on why justice matters,” by Andy Ko, executive director (Street Roots, 2016)
Justice isn’t only about what particular people want, need or deserve – or their power to get what they want. For us, justice is about how people interact and how their actions relate to and affect one another. It is about accountability within and across a society. This, by the way, is one reason that we long ago incorporated the rights and needs of crime victims into our reform ethos. Read more here.
We’ve been publishing regular Street Roots columns since 2011. See the complete list here.
Misguided Measures Revisited: Progress and Promise in Oregon’s Youth Justice System (2016)
There is a common thread connecting all of the most harmful practices youth face within Oregon’s justice system: Ballot Measure 11. In order to overcome this enormous hurdle to reform, lawmakers, stakeholders, and advocates must work together to strike a sensible balance between appropriate accountability and increased discretion in the prosecution and sentencing of youth. Until then, we will not be able to realize our vision of a truly effective juvenile justice system. Read more here.
Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families (2015)
The findings detailed in this report show the many costs and barriers imposed on incarcerated individuals and their families, the emotional and health costs they experience, and how these costs impede the future success of both families and of communities at large. We’ve also demonstrated the tremendous burdens that women, in particular, experience as direct damage from mass incarceration. As many of these costs fall disproportionately on families and communities that are already struggling, they deepen poverty while dampening any hope of change.
Moving ahead, the families and communities proven to provide stability and security for incarcerated individuals and to help reduce rates of recidivism overall should be supported by reforming and reinvesting in policies that do better by families, removing barriers, and restoring opportunities. Read more here.
Bridging the Divide: A New Paradigm for Addressing Safety, Crime, and Victimization (2014)
There is a growing movement to confront the false choice between meeting the needs of crime victims and reforming failed criminal justice and corrections policies.
Increasingly, legislators across the country are hearing from victim advocates that our public safety system is out of balance when so many resources are devoted to prisons. New organizing is responsible for not only passing needed sentencing and corrections reforms but also increasing funding for life-saving victim services and re-orienting our public safety system to be more effective. Read more here.
Moving Beyond Sides: The Power and Potential of a New Public Safety Policy Paradigm (2011)
Incorporating the concerns of crime survivors and victims into a progressive criminal justice reform agenda will take work to shift analytical issue frames, goals, language, and organizational culture. The rewards for taking this step will be plentiful, ranging from increased credibility, a larger and more powerful base of support, the decreased power and influence of a key tough on crime lobby, and the ability to change a broken criminal justice system in ways that truly benefit all the people most impacted: survivors of crime, people convicted of crime, and the families of both. Read more here.
Misguided Measures: The Outcomes and Impacts of Measure 11 on Oregon’s Youth (2009)
Fifteen years after Measure 11 was enacted, the Campaign for Youth Justice and Partnership for Safety and Justice embarked on a study to determine the impact that Measure 11 was having on youth in Oregon. The authors analyzed data on 3,274 young people indicted with Measure 11 offenses since 1995. The authors also looked at a subset of 759 cases handled between 2006 and 2008 to understand the current way Measure 11 is being implemented in the 36 Oregon counties. Read more here.
Access Denied in Oregon: A Report on the Barriers Faced by People with a Past Felony Conviction (2006)
Successful re-entry is difficult, in part, because of a wide range of civil barriers that reduce opportunities for people with a past felony conviction. Unless you are a formerly incarcerated person, or a family member or friend of a former prisoner, the real struggles associated with transitioning back into the community from prison are probably quite unfamiliar. This report is designed to provide a glimpse into some of the existing challenges. Read more here.