Safety and Sentencing News

Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill has released a new policy for Measure 11 offenders who are juveniles. (OPB)
In our monthly Street Roots column, we discuss our follow-up report to Misguided Measures: The Outcomes and Impacts of Measure 11 -- Misguided Measures Revisited: Keeping Youth Out of Jails. This report is the first in a three-part series. In our SR column, we discuss findings and recommendations.
African Americans are overrepresented at every level in Multnomah County’s criminal justice system, according to a report released last month by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, the Oregon Justice Resource Center and the Partnership for Safety and Justice.
This year Deschutes County will be one of five Oregon counties to try a 10-year pilot program that provides intensive supervision to a subset of criminal offenders: parents. PSJ and our members worked hard to see the Family Sentencing Alternative pass in the 2015 legislative session.
This in-depth article examines the failed punitive policies that destroy the families and communities most affected by crime and features PSJ and other organizations that advocate spending less on prisons and jails and more on programs that work.
PSJ is honored to be the featured organization in the Fall 2015 issue of the RJCO Quarterly, published by the Restorative Justice Coalition of Oregon.
PSJ's communications and development associate, Denise Welch, looks at how the momentum for criminal justice reform has turned into a movement, not only in Oregon but across the country, in this Fall 2015 Justice Matters article.
In this Justice Matters' article, ED Andy Ko writes about Seattle's LEAD program (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) and his hopes that Oregon adopt the program state-wide.
The Vicksburg Post in Vicksburg, Mississippi, quoted PSJ at length in this article about why voting is so important. We are honored they chose us as their source!
In this Justice Matters' article, Deputy Director Shannon Wight discusses a very special day at the Capitol in May of 2015. Over 50 people from interest groups as diverse as the district attorneys and criminal defense lawyers, met with legislators about the need to continue Justice Reinvestment.