Safety and Sentencing News

In a Street Roots article, Jennifer Williamson states, "A system built on an assumption that a one-size-fits-all approach works for everyone has clearly failed, most notably women." Clearly, there are more effective ways to spend our public safety dollars.
Infused with humor, John Oliver, from the Last Week Tonight show highlights the injustices within our prison system. The segment ends with John singing with mock Sesame Street puppets about how our "prison system is just so horribly broken".
"We would recognize that people who are harmed who do not get well are more likely to harm others. So we would invest in the healing of all those harmed –regardless of their race, class, or gender—not just for ethical reasons, but for the public safety."
In a landmark move, the United States Sentencing Commission, a bipartisan agency that sets federal sentencing policy, voted unanimously on Friday to give nearly a quarter of all federal prisoners the chance to reduce their sentences by an average of more than two years. (New York Times)
PSJ's Kerry Naughton responds to the Reynolds Highschool tragedy; "We can come together as a community. Life may look different now, but the future can be full of hope, health, and healing." (Street Roots)
The number of women in prison increased by 646 percent between 1980 and 2010, rising from 15,118 to 112,797. If we include local jails, more than 205,000 women are now incarcerated. The female prison population is increasing at nearly double the rate for men.
PSJ's Shannon Wight schools the WW on its recent one-sided and inaccurate article on youth justice. Shannon calls out the state prosecutors' offices as dinosaurs fighting extinction in the way they keep trying to "breathe life into a 'tough on crime' system that is becoming increasingly extinct."
In 2013, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 3194, a package of public safety reforms projected to save $300 million over the next five years. , Oregon’s 36 counties were asked to invest those saved funds in community-based services. Here we spotlight Lane County.
The short 2014 legislative session was a whirlwind of activity! By law the session is only 35 days long every other year. Although short, we had enough time to make some gains and see some harmful ideas fail. The following is a recap of what we accomplished together this session.
Partnership for Safety and Justice worked with a diverse coalition of leaders in Oregon to release a report that evaluated lawmakers’ commitment to advancing opportunity and addressing disparities affecting Oregonians of color.