The District Attorneys for Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties have all announced that they will no longer criminally prosecute TriMet riders who cannot produce proof of a paid fare. They've made the move in response to a Portland State University study and their own research that shows disproportionate criminality, fines and bans being imposed on riders of color.
Jo Ann will be joined in-studio by Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill to discuss the findings and the change in policy. What can be done to address the disparity in prosecutions? Call in and join the discussion.
PLUS: A visit from one of the new organizers of the The Women's March on Washington: Portland, Margaret Jocobsen.