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.
This week brought news of another tragic domestic violence murder-suicide in Oregon. PSJ believes that survivors of domestic violence should have access to safety and support. We also believe that people who abuse their partners should have access to services that help them make better decisions.
PSJ's new executive director, Andy Ko, writes in our regular Street Roots column about his lifelong commitment to social justice and the path his life has taken to arrive in Portland as the director of PSJ.
Speaking at a conference held by the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, AG Holder said the trend underlines the “holistic approach” he favors to reducing mass incarceration, which includes strategies ranging from community policing to rethinking sentencing.
Recent coverage of a domestic violence case involving an NFL football player has some people asking "Who do women stay?" We think that's the wrong question. It implies that the person being abused is responsible for solving the problem. A better question: "Why is the abusive person being abusive?"
The Ray Rice domestic violence situation has led to a lot of media attention on the subject of DV. Recent local media pieces shed some light on intimate partner violence. We hope members will take the time to read them and that they lead to further dialog and greater support for survivors.
In a Street Roots article, Jennifer Williamson states, "A system built on an assumption that a one-size-fits-all approach works for everyone has clearly failed, most notably women." Clearly, there are more effective ways to spend our public safety dollars.
"We would recognize that people who are harmed who do not get well are more likely to harm others. So we would invest in the healing of all those harmed –regardless of their race, class, or gender—not just for ethical reasons, but for the public safety."
Nine women in prison at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, along with 20 Portland State University students, recently completed a 10-week class on domestic violence conducted inside the prison. The course focused on causes, frequency, dynamics and consequences of DV.