Safety and Sentencing News

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..."
With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in full effect as of Jan. 1, hundreds of thousands of Oregonians who were previously uninsured will now have access to the care they need, including many people with criminal records.
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...
A coalition of advocacy organizations released findings from Facing Race: the 2013 Oregon Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity. The report is designed to help legislators better understand how to address troubling racial disparities in the health and well-being of Oregon's communities.
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?
David Rogers discusses his tenure as PSJ's executive director, the progress he's witnessed and been a part of, and the exciting times ahead.
PSJ's executive director David Rogers writes about strategic planning, its value to our organization and how we conduct the process.
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.