PSJ's Lobby Day on March 16th was a resounding success! PSJ members making their voices heard at the Capitol is how we make change happen. Thanks to everyone who attended and made the day so successful. But there's lots more to be done. Here's how everyone can advocate for safety and justice!
PSJ's Executive Director, Andy Ko, writes how what happened in Ferguson helps reaffirm our commitment to public safety policy that protects everyone - to the greatest extent and without exception - and a system that prioritizes justice.
Announcing the release of "Bridging the Divide: A new paradigm for addressing safety, crime and victimization," a report which highlights the importance of reforming our public safety system for both victims of crime and people accused of and convicted of crime, produced by PSJ and national allies.
No one should go to jail for marijuana. Too many people have been punished, and too many of them have been youth and people of color. Too many tax dollars have been wasted without increasing public safety.
PSJ is excited to host an evening conversation with Senator Floyd Prozanski and Paul Solomon, Executive Director of Sponsors and member of the Lane County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, to discuss HB 3194 and receive the latest Justice Reinvestment updates.
Over 300 people attended our Justice for Youth event last Saturday to call for an end to the prosecution and incarceration of youth as adults. Our purpose was to raise awareness of the social and personal harm caused by policies that allow young people to be punished as adults.
Please come to a special community event: Justice 4 Youth on Saturday, Sept 13th in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Learn about the negative impact of "tough on kids" laws and be a part of promoting a dialog about solutions to targeting youth as young as 15 years old for prosecution in the adult system.
Our “Member Voices” initiative seeks to collect stories and experiences from people impacted by the public safety system to inform our work and shed light on needed changes. Telling your story is simple and confidential. Learn more….
We have a new executive director! We are very pleased to announce that Andy Ko, an attorney with a law degree from New York University but roots in the Pacific Northwest, has taken the helm as PSJ's executive director as of July 14th!
PSJ is proud to host a film screening of the documentary, “Crime After Crime” on July 10 in Salem. Featured at the 2011 Sun Dance Film Festival, the film focuses on Deborah Peagler, a woman brutally abused by her boyfriend, who was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for her connection to his murder.
A criminal justice system promoting safe and healthy communities is a widely shared goal; yet adversarial perspectives often block opportunities for meaningful collaboration. PSJ is involved in a national effort to create a more holistic paradigm for addressing crime and victimization.
Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the Reynolds High School shooting. Acts of violence like this can shake everyone in the community. If you are experiencing trauma, please know that you are not alone and help is available.
We are excited to host an evening conversation with Speaker Kotek and hear more about her legislative role and thoughts on justice reinvestment in Oregon. This exciting conversation will be facilitated and co-presented by our interim executive director and state representative, Jennifer Williamson.
Last night in a historic vote in Oregon, John Hummel, an attorney and former member of the Bend City Council, won in a landslide election against the incumbent district attorney. Hummel campaigned on a platform of keeping Deschutes County safe by preventing crime and investing in community safety.
We can't believe it ourselves, but PSJ will be 15 years old this year. How the time has flown by! Look for opportunities to help us celebrate...coming to your email inbox throughout the year.
And we'd love to receive a birthday present from you! Generous donations gladly accepted.
Join us April 23rd from 5:30 to 7pm for a panel discussion on criminal justice reform featuring Piper Kerman, author of "Orange is the New Black, My Year in a Women's Prison." Dr. Keva Miller, Professor at PSU and ALverda McCoy, Mercy Corps Northwest will also be on the panel.