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.
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.
MLK said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” President Obama added, “But it does not do so on its own. It does so because there are hands of ordinary people doing extraordinary things every single day and they pull that arc in the direction of justice."
Our overreliance on prisons has failed America. It is past time for both political parties to come together and fix a bad system of their own making. This moment offers a once-in-a generation opportunity for reforms that will save entire communities and transform the lives of millions.
Executive Director Andy Ko writes for our regular Street Roots column about poverty within our wealthy nation and how rather than feeling helpless against the rich and powerful, if we all put just a little money into supporting organizations that are doing good work, we can make a difference.