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.
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.
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.
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.