In April, Partnership for Safety and Justice, Oregon’s leading public safety and criminal justice reform organization, discussed bills currently before the Oregon legislature. We’ll hear excerpts from their webinar “2021’s most transformative policies: the bills to watch and how to pass them.” PSJ, along with a broad coalition of organizations, responded to the urgent call to transform our public safety system to address structural racism that is at the root of our criminal justice system by producing HB2002-Transforming Justice 2021.
HB 2002 – Transforming Justice 2021 will:
- Limit stops and arrests for low-level offenses to reduce unnecessary contact with law enforcement like the ones that led to the deaths of Sandra Bland and Daunte Wright
- Abolish supervision fees, and incentivize people to earn time off their supervision
- Invest in culturally specific services, victim services, and restorative justice
- Advance equity by requiring race and gender data collection to ensure that funds are reaching impacted communities
HB 2002 is the combined priority of the Transforming Justice Coalition and the Governor’s Racial Justice Council’s subcommittee on Criminal Justice.
SB 401 - Converts mandatory minimum sentences for specified felonies other than murder to presumptive sentences. SB 401 would reform mandatory minimum sentences such as Oregon’s Measure 11 to allow judges to determine sentencing based on the facts of each unique case. This reform would strengthen the role of the courts and it would turn the tide on 1990s-era mandatory minimum sentences that led to mass incarceration.
SB 755 - Modifies and provides for implementation of Ballot Measure 110, the drug decriminalization and addiction treatment initiative, passed by Oregonians in November 2020.
Act Now to Transform Justice: https://safetyandjustice.org/takeaction/#/30/
HB2002, SB401, SB755 https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/listbills/CurrentSessionBills.html