Partnership for Safety and Justice advocates for public safety policies that help build safe, healthy communities and enable people convicted of crime, as well as victims of crime, to rebuild their lives. We believe that it is essential for people who are directly impacted by Oregon’s public safety and criminal justice systems to be actively involved in advocating for policies that are more effective, just and sustainable.
The Youth Justice Education Project works to raise the voice of young people in the Portland-Metro Area. We are focusing on issues related both to the safety of youth and the damaging effect of placing some children accused of crime in the adult criminal justice system. Given the well-documented disparities in policing and punishment experienced by young people of color, the youth justice work emphasizes supporting young leaders from within those communities. The project seeks to support these young Portlanders as activists and community leaders, through issue-related education, leadership development and advocacy training.
Primary Contact Name: Shannon Wight
Phone: 503.335.8449 ext. 210
Multnomah County Resolution 1108 – WIN!
Type of Reform
Detention Reform - If youth are detained, the presumption is that they will be held in a juvenile detention facility.
Bill Number: 2707 – WIN!
Type of Reform
Detention Reform - Requires agreement between county juvenile departments and sheriffs before youth who are 16 or 17 years of age may be detained in jail or any other facility where adults are detained
Bill Number: 3183 – WIN!
Type of Reform
Detention Reform - Authorizes county sheriffs to deliver persons sentenced to the custody of the Department of Corrections directly to a youth correction facility if the person is under 20 years of age at time of sentencing and was under 18 years of age at time of offense
Misguided Measures Revisited: Progress and Promise in Oregon's Youth Justice System
PART 1: Keeping Youth Out Of Jails, is the first in a 3-part series. This report (2016) highlights the harms that youth in Oregon face in adult prisons and jails, and lays out the elements of the growing consensus for reform.
Reconsidering Oregon’s Detention Policy for Youth Charged with Measure 11
This report (2010) analyzes the failures of Oregon’s justice system for youth and offers two recommendations for state and local elected officials and leaders within state and local public safety systems: 1) Change the default placement of youth from adult jail to juvenile detention; and 2) Increase use of pretrial release for juveniles charged with Measure 11 offenses.
Misguided Measures: The Outcomes and Impacts of Measure 11 on Oregon's Youth
The report "Misguided Measures: The Outcomes and Impacts of Measure 11 on Oregon's Youth" (2011) demonstrates Oregon’s commitment to practices for youth and recognition that tough crime policy is not the same as smart policy. In addition, it examines the way the state reexamines policies related to trying youths as adults, the transferring of youths, the impacts of ethnic and racial measures, differentiation of institutions, as well as the long-term impacts of adult convictions.