Our Legislative Work
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 GPB 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.
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.
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.
Engage Legislators in Justice Reinvestment’s Success
The success of Justice Reinvestment requires continued support for the urgent reform effort we began in 2013. We will provide legislators with key information about Justice Reinvestment and work to build their support for bills that will enhance public safety programs in their districts and establish smarter public safety policies across Oregon.
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