HB 4037 is Partnership for Safety and Justice's priority bill for the 2014 session. It represents two years of work by staff to ensure that youth convicted of Measure 11 crimes aren't exposed to adult prison.
Racial justice advocates and organizers are delivering Facing Race: 2013 Oregon Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity to the legislators at the State Capitol on Wednesday, January 15. Each member of the Oregon House and Senate was given an individual grade, based on their votes and leadership.
Every year, PSJ members from across the state gather at the Capitol to talk to their legislators about the things we know matter: justice reinvestment, youth justice reform via Measure 11, and policies that help survivors of crime rebuild their lives. Please join us on February 11th!
Action Team Meetings will not be held in January and February. On February 11th we hope you will be able to join us for Lobby Day at the Capitol. Look for our report back on that event soon. Action Team Meetings will resume in March in Portland, Salem and Eugene. Happy New Year!
2013 was a good year; however, there is still much work to be done. We won't quit and we hope you will stand beside us. Your gift to PSJ makes successes like this years' possible. We really need your financial support if we are to keep up the pressure to achieve safe and sensible reform in Oregon.
In September, PSJ conducted an online membership survey. We were interested in learning what our members view as the most pressing issues facing Oregon and also in what our members think about our strengths, where we have room to grow, and whether our approach to prioritizing issues seems right.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that the US Department of Justice will be taking steps to reform and transform our legal system to "better advance the cause of injustice for all Americans." His speech is a gigantic step forward coming from America's top law enforcement officer.
One of the final acts of the 77th Oregon Legislature was one of their most important: increasing access to lifesaving services for domestic and sexual violence victims and their children. The Oregon Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Fund has been doubled from $4 million to $8.4 million.
Last night (June 24, 2013), HB 3194, the package of public safety reforms that the legislature has been working on, was amended and moved out of committee. Hopefully, it is now on a path to be passed in the final days of the legislative session.
SB 463 passed the House today and will be sent to the Governor to sign. The bill creates Racial Impact Statements for criminal justice and child welfare related bills. The bill is a meaningful step toward addressing racial disparities within Oregon's institutions.
The Commission on Public Safety proposed a modest but important reform to ease the negative impact of Measure 11 on young people - earned review hearings. Unfortunately, the governor has turned his back on youth. He is supporting a watered-down policy that will impact only a tiny number of youth.
Wednesday night, two amendments were introduced to HB 3194, the package of public safety reforms the governor and the legislature have been working on. Both amendments strip all Measure 11-related reforms out of the bill.
Much of the conversation about needed corrections reform has focused on getting money to our crumbling local public safety infrastructure. But Oregonians shouldn’t forget that the need to pass HB 3194, a comprehensive package of corrections reforms, isn’t about saving money (and it never was).
New polling shows Oregonians are ready to shift toward strategies that maintain accountability, modify sentencing to allow for greater investments in crime prevention, and restore balance to our justice system.
We are at one of the most critical times in this legislative session regarding the future of smart public safety reform. We need your help. We need to have as many legislators hear directly from their constituents as possible.
A bill was co-sponsored by Senator Chip Shields and Senator Jackie Winters passed the Senate and brings Oregon one step closer to creating Racial Impact Statements for criminal justice and child welfare related bills.