PSJ's Cassandra Villanueva is quoted in this article about "Facing Race: 2013 Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity" which was produced by a group of organizations, including PSJ, based on the 2013 legislative session. "Our intention with this report card was to be constructive..."
In 1963, Bob Dylan wrote his famous ballad to capture the spirit of the social and political upheaval that characterized the 1960s. For 50 years, its lyrics have been quoted as a reflection of changing and shifting ideologies. Seems the US is in the midst of changing times once again...
Deputy Director Shannon Wight writes about the $300 million in justice reinvestment funds that will be saved over the next five years as a result of HB 3194 and asks: will Oregon's 36 counties build the infrastructure needed to put this funding to work?
Denise Welch discusses the changing times - with a little reference to Bob Dylan - that the U.S. is experiencing in the arena of criminal justice reform. Dozens of states and now the federal government are looking for and implementing changes, many with considerable success. We feel encouraged.
Earlier this year, Oregon legislators gave counties a rare opportunity when they passed a significant public safety reform package. The goal was to reduce the size and cost of the state prison system by making smart investments in local interventions that reduce crime and violence.
Oregon counties, using a fresh round of state money, are expanding efforts to keep criminals under their watchful eye instead of sending them to prison. The $10 million awarded recently is the first payoff of reforms in state sentencing approved by the 2013 Legislature via HB 3194.
In a Guest Opinion in the Oregonian, PSJ's Deputy Director Shannon Wight discusses the implementation of HB 3194 (the major justice reinvestment reform package passed in the 2013 legislative session). She asks: "Will counties build the infrastructure needed to put this funding to work?"
Oregon is featured in a new report that finds states are changing juvenile justice laws to keep young people out of adult prisons and jails. The Campaign for Youth Justice report says it's progress that juveniles in Oregon are not supposed to be detained in the same jail facilities as adults.