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.
Crime victims and victim advocates gathered at the state capitol on Friday, April 5th, to hold a press conference advocating for a different approach to public safety spending. The message being delivered is clear: crime victims have not been served well by Oregon’s ever-increasing prison spending.
PSJ members and allies made a strong showing this past week at hearings for HB 3194, the omnibus reform bill that would modify sentences and reinvest savings into the parts of our public safety infrastructure that need it most.
Partnership for Safety and Justice premieres a two-minute video “We Deserve Better” highlighting core problems in Oregon’s approach to youth accountability, crime prevention, and rehabilitation. Connected to this video is an urgent action request.
Fifty PSJ members and supporters across the state came to our capitol on April 2nd to tell legislators that smart public safety policy needs to keep youth in the juvenile justice system and not in adult jails and prisons.
Wonder why PSJ is working hard to increase funding for domestic and sexual violence survivors? Watch victim advocates testify about these lifesaving services and join us in advocating for increased access to services that help survivors find safety and rebuild their lives.
Our 2013 Lobby Day last Monday, February 25 was the biggest and most successful we've ever had. Over 120 people turned out to meet face-to-face with senators and representatives from around the state of Oregon. We're keeping the momentum going for what is already shaping up to be a huge year.
PSJ member Holden Smith, a prisoner at Snake River Correctional Institute in Ontario, had his letter to the editor published in the Coos Bay World. From his perspective, prisoners are being warehoused in such numbers that little is left for effective programs.
For so many reasons, 2013 is the year to set Oregon’s public safety future on a new course. The opportunity has never been greater.
Register today to confirm your in-person participation at the capitol and/or your commitment to call or email your legislator on February 25th.
The national influence of Partnership for Safety and Justice is growing based on our report, Moving Beyond Sides: The Power and Potential of a New Public Safety Policy Paradigm, released in December 2011.
Partnership for Safety and Justice is pleased to present this five minute video, Oregon Out of Balance, a compelling video that examines how Oregon’s current approach to public safety is out of balance, which leaves many crime victims and survivors without access to lifesaving services.
Partnership for Safety and Justice is incredibly excited about this five-minute film, Oregon Out of Balance. It’s a powerful examination of the ways Oregon can improve its approach to building safe and healthy communities.
ACT NOW! We need you to tell Congress to stop pontificating about what rape survivors should do with their bodies and pass the real VAWA so our most vulnerable victims can be safe from dangerous situations at home.
The election results show a compelling shift in the attitudes of the electorate toward criminal justice and public safety issues both here in Oregon and around the country. We could be witnessing the diminishing influence of tough-on-crime rhetoric and the politics of fear.
Voters agreed with PSJ on the two ballot measures on which we took positions in yesterday's election. Measure 84, Kevin Mannix's Estate Tax Repeal was defeated by 7 points, and Measure 85, a reform to redirect the corporate kicker refund to K-12 schools passed by a whopping 19 point margin.