Tuesday, June 20th
Thanks to all of you who watched yesterday’s hearing on The Safety and Savings Act! The Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety heard testimony from a diverse panel including:
- The Oregon Criminal Justice Commission
- Klamath County Community Corrections
- The Clackamas County Commissioner
- The Oregon Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence
- Oregon business leaders
Support was unanimous!
The following are some of the most impacting moments from the hearing:
From the Oregon Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence:
“Through HB 3078, Oregon can begin to address the reality that domestic and sexual violence are drivers that impact women’s chance of being involved with the criminal justice system. Adequate resources for safety and support services for victims are critical for our communities and our families.”
From Clackamas County Commissioner Jim Bernard:
“Clackamas County has experienced amazing outcomes as a result of the justice reinvestment strategies. We strongly support a sufficient amount of the roughly $20 million in cost savings per biennium resulting from this bill be provided to local justice reinvestments programs. These additional dollars to counties will strengthen our local communities, reduce the need to build a new prison for female offenders, and save scarce local dollars that not only support reentry services, but also victim services.”
Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a member of the committee:
Highlighted the positive impacts that local investments have on smaller communities when it comes to strengthening families and making neighborhoods safer.
Kiki Parker-Rose, Director of Community Corrections in Klamath County:
“We should work together to continue to move Oregon forward in our work of making smart, data driven decisions about whom we send to prison and how long they stay. Saving our very expensive and valuable options for those offenders who pose the highest risk to members of our community.”
Mike Schmidt, Executive Director of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission:
“Extremely high percentage” of women serving sentences for property crime are battling drug and alcohol addiction.
Thanks to Senator Jackie Winters for her leadership on this effort! We’re also endlessly grateful to our Chief Sponsors Rep Tawna Sanchez (D-Portland), Carla Piluso (D-Gresham), and Ann Lininger (D-Lake Oswego). And a huge thank you for Rep John Huffman (R- The Dalles) for his supportive comments during the hearing!