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Our 2015 Legislative Agenda


By passing The Oregon Justice Reinvestment Act (HB 3194 in 2013), we put Oregon on an exciting new path to prevent crime, increase and improve services people need to rebuild their lives (both for those convicted and victims of crime), and prevent the need for cost-prohibitive prison construction. Our collective efforts to pass this legislation were an outstanding first step, but we won’t realize success unless services are properly directed to crime prevention and victim supports. These next steps are critical and Partnership for Safety and Justice will be focused on continuing this important work during the 2015 legislative session.


Continue Justice Reinvestment Efforts to Prioritize Prevention over New Prison Construction—Support the Allocation of $58 million for the 2015-2017 Biennium (SB 5506)

The Oregon Justice Reinvestment Act is estimated to save the state $300 million over the next five years and approximately $60 million in the 2015-17 biennium. In order to prevent future prison construction, reduce spending on corrections, and continue progress, those projections were predicated on investing at the local level for victim services, addiction and mental health treatment, and other programs, creating an effective public safety infrastructure. Ten percent of the Justice Reinvestment savings ($5.8 million) will go to community-based nonprofit victim programs to increase access to lifesaving services. (Click here for PSJ's Legislative Agenda for Justice Reinvestment.)

Ensure Adequate Service Levels for Victims of Domestic Violence—ODSVS Budget at $10 million for the 2015-2017 Biennium (SB 5516)

The Oregon Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Fund still meets only 25% of the need for emergency services. In 2013, there were almost 12,000 unmet requests for domestic violence services. We can and must do better. PSJ supports adding $1.6 million to the current $8.4 for a total of $10 million for ODSVS Fund. (Click here for PSJ's Legislative Agenda for the ODSVS Fund.)

Earned Review for Oregon Youth 

Former State Police Officer Rep. Andy Olson (R-Albany) is leading a workgroup to look at policy changes allowing judges limited discretion in reviewing the sentencing of a youth serving a mandatory sentence. An Earned Review (or “second look”) hearing would occur partway through their sentence. This work continues PSJ’s core commitment to reforming the state’s current practice of trying youth as adults. (Click here for PSJ's Legislative Agenda on Earned Review.)

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Program Spotlight

Angel and her sons spent years separated from each other when Angel went to prison. “It was hard on them not being together and away from me. It caused them emotional problems. The bond between them was somewhat lost.”
Over the past couple of months, several major newspapers have published editorials about how Justice Reinvestment is working and needs legislative support to continue to be successful, including the Albany Democrat Herald, Medford Mail, Eugene Register-Guard, Statesman Journal and East Oregonian.
A diverse group of stakeholders are "United for Justice" in asking legislators to support $53 million for Justice Reinvestment.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Action Alert to build safe families and strong communities. There was a great hearing on HB 3503 hearing on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 on HB 3503.
PSJ's Lobby Day on March 16th was a resounding success! PSJ members making their voices heard at the Capitol is how we make change happen. Thanks to everyone who attended and made the day so successful. But there's lots more to be done. Here's how everyone can advocate for safety and justice!