Safety and Sentencing

Our Safety and Sentencing program works to develop approaches to public safety that help foster safe communities, are fiscally responsible, and curb the unsustainable growth of Oregon’s prison system. The program promotes safe and sensible sentencing reform (such as use of earned time), diversion programs like drug court, and has a special emphasis on youth justice.

Program Spotlight

No one should go to jail for marijuana. Too many people have been punished, and too many of them have been youth and people of color. Too many tax dollars have been wasted without increasing public safety.
PSJ is excited to host an evening conversation with Senator Floyd Prozanski and Paul Solomon, Executive Director of Sponsors and member of the Lane County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, to discuss HB 3194 and receive the latest Justice Reinvestment updates.
Please come to a special community event: Justice 4 Youth on Saturday, Sept 13th in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Learn about the negative impact of "tough on kids" laws and be a part of promoting a dialog about solutions to targeting youth as young as 15 years old for prosecution in the adult system.
Our “Member Voices” initiative seeks to collect stories and experiences from people impacted by the public safety system to inform our work and shed light on needed changes. Telling your story is simple and confidential. Learn more….
We have a new executive director! We are very pleased to announce that Andy Ko, an attorney with a law degree from New York University but roots in the Pacific Northwest, has taken the helm as PSJ's executive director as of July 14th!