Safety and Sentencing News

PSJ's Deputy Director Shannon Wight writes about the progress made toward reforming Oregon's criminal justice system during this Legislative Session and why we're still fighting the good fight. (Street Roots)
The Medford Mail Tribune understands Justice Reinvestment. "The state's prison population has leveled off and begun to decline. But after only two years, lawmakers in Salem are already itching to divert some of the money to other state budget needs. That's premature."
Shannon Wight and Elizabeth Hilliard discuss the Family Offender Sentencing Alternative (FOSA) being considered by the Oregon Legislature. Oregon looks to model Washington's successful FOSA bill which allows certain parents to serve sentences under community supervision rather than prison.
The 2014 General Election resulted in what some are calling "historic" reform to advance a public safety strategy that may spell the beginning of the end of the "War on Drugs."
Shannon Wight and Kerry Naughton outline PSJ's work advocating for public safety reform during the 2015 legislative session.
PSJ's new executive director, Andy Ko, shares a little of his background and discusses why he is committed to the cause of rebuilding lives and communities effected by crime and violence.
A bill in Salem modeled after a 5-year-old program in Washington would give nonviolent offenders a chance to stay with their kids while getting their acts together. HB 3503 would test-drive alternative sentences for moms and dads who have custody of their minor children when they commit crimes.
PSJ is thrilled to be working on this bill that "builds on work [the Oregon legislature] did last session shortening some prison sentences slightly in an effort to slow the growth of Oregon’s prison population."
President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of nearly two dozen drug offenders, including eight people who were serving life sentences, the White House said Tuesday (March 31, 2015).
Justice reinvestment focuses on a simple idea: "Instead of spending money on more prison beds, spend the money saved by keeping people out of prison on treatment and other wrap-around services." HB3194 (2013) did just that. So why is the state recommending cutting funding for Justice Reinvestment?