"A survivor called our 24-hour crisis line asking for emergency shelter. She was fleeing from her abuser, who had found her at her sister’s house and assaulted her so badly she ended up in the hospital. Unfortunately, we have no shelter space available, and she has nowhere to go.”
With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in full effect as of Jan. 1, hundreds of thousands of Oregonians who were previously uninsured will now have access to the care they need, including many people with criminal records.
Californians for Safety and Justice, an ally organization to our south, sought to answer the question: who are the majority of people harmed by crime, and what are they looking for from our criminal justice system and approach to public safety?
This Justice Matters' article discusses how people who have survived crime and people who have committed crime often have the same basic needs and that working together to reform our criminal justice system helps us all.
In a Guest Opinion in the Oregonian, PSJ's Deputy Director Shannon Wight discusses the implementation of HB 3194 (the major justice reinvestment reform package passed in the 2013 legislative session). She asks: "Will counties build the infrastructure needed to put this funding to work?"
Marissa Alexander is currently sitting in prison for firing a warning shot into the wall of her house to dissuade her abusive husband from attacking her. Her case illustrates how abuse survivors are often criminalized and further abused by the legal system.
The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this year the Portland Women's Crisis Line is holding a week-long vigil online from October 14th through 18th to honor those Oregonians who lost their lives to domestic violence in the past year.
In PSJ's regular Street Roots column, Cassandra Villanueva examines what might be the beginning of the end of the "tough-on-crime" crusade that has done little to make our communities safer, but has done much to drive incarceration rates and costs sky high. Is a political shift occurring?