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

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!
PSJ is proud to host a film screening of the documentary, “Crime After Crime” on July 10 in Salem. Featured at the 2011 Sun Dance Film Festival, the film focuses on Deborah Peagler, a woman brutally abused by her boyfriend, who was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for her connection to his murder.
Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the Reynolds High School shooting. Acts of violence like this can shake everyone in the community. If you are experiencing trauma, please know that you are not alone and help is available.