PSJ's Deputy Director Shannon Wight writes about the progress made toward reforming Oregon's criminal justice system during this Legislative Session and why we're still fighting the good fight. (Street Roots)
HB 3476, enabling domestic and sexual violence survivors to speak confidentially, was signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown! This bill will ensure Oregon provides safe, confidential support that survivors can trust. (KTVZ.com)
Deputy Director Shannon Wight discusses the strong unified voice in support of Justice Reinvestment demonstrated by the diverse group of nearly 50 people who met in the Capitol with legislators about the need for a continued investment in smarter public safety policy. (Street Roots)
Our April column for Street Roots was written by intern Heather McDowell and is about one integrated model of care that works to meet crime victims' needs that would not traditionally be addressed through the medical system, the Trauma Recovery Center at UCSF.
Staying or leaving an abusive relationship is much more complicated than the question "Why do women stay?" Denise Welch and Heather McDowell explore the subject of domestic violence and its consequences for families.
Justice reinvestment focuses on a simple idea: "Instead of spending money on more prison beds, spend the money saved by keeping people out of prison on treatment and other wrap-around services." HB3194 (2013) did just that. So why is the state recommending cutting funding for Justice Reinvestment?
A coalition including district attorneys, sheriffs, and justice reform groups (including PSJ) is asking the legislature to triple funding for the Justice Reinvestment grant program. The program funds services like parole, drug treatment, transitional housing, and mental health.
Oregon legislators were wise to allocate at least 10% of JR funds to community-based nonprofit victim services programs. We look forward to seeing counties invest this crucial funding into key - but often overlooked - pieces of our public safety system that literally safe victims' lives.