ALERT: A lawsuit has been filed to abolish The Safety and Savings Act that we passed earlier this year, and we need your help.
Passage of The Safety and Savings Act (HB 3078) was a major victory for reform in Oregon. By working together, we prevented the opening a second women’s prison, added $7 million more to the state’s Justice Reinvestment Program for alternatives to prison, and strengthened the Family Sentencing Alternative to keep parents convicted of nonviolent offenses in the community with their children.
The law passed with bipartisan support, and an official state prison forecast recently showed that it will reduce Oregon’s state’s incarceration rate by a dramatic 11% over the next decade. We were thrilled, but some county district attorneys were not.
Last week, Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote filed a lawsuit asking the Circuit Court to nullify the Safety and Savings Act in an effort to undo all its policies that would reduce over-criminalization and over-incarceration in Oregon. Foote is often the most vocal opposition voice to smart reform. Our win was his loss, and he is fighting back.
Clearly we must take seriously any attack on essential reforms of Oregon’s public safety and criminal justice systems. But we know Oregonians want addiction treatment not prisons for women, and for a variety of reasons, we believe that Foote will have a long, hard climb in his attempt to derail the Safety and Savings Act.
In the meantime, here are three things you can do to defend safety and justice.
Email the lawmakers who supported The Safety and Savings Act, and let them know how grateful you are for their commitment to keeping families together, ensuring more services for crime survivors, and responding to addiction with treatment rather than more prisons.
Your donation will help us defend The Safety and Saving Act and ensure better outcomes for people convicted of crime, crime survivors, and the families and communities of both.
Join us on Tuesday, December 5th for our year-end celebration! Come hear what it will take to defend our progress and move the needle on criminal justice reform. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
We will keep you updated and informed as we learn more. In the meantime, if you have questions or want more information, we encourage you to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy, Executive Director
Shannon, Deputy Director