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Justice Reinvestment

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The Quick & Dirty

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Reform mandatory minimum laws, slow the number of people being sent to prison & redirect savings into proven rehabilitation and crime prevention programs and other critical state budgetary needs.

The Problem

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A focus on rehabilitation saves lives and major, major money. It’s more effective and a fraction of the cost to provide a drug offender access to treatment with alternative sentencing than to send that same person to prison.

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Mandatory minimums are really expensive. Oregon projects our prison population to grow by another 2,000 prisoners in the next decade if nothing is done, which means 2 news prisons at a cost of $600 million or more.

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Our public safety spending is out of balance and not focused on the most effective strategies to address crime and safety. At a time when Oregon is closing schools, increasing tuition, cutting life-saving services to the elderly and the social safety net, we can’t afford to continue this unsustainable prison growth.

The Solution:

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Pass a package of corrections reforms to flatline prison growth while effectively addressing crime. Redirect the hundreds of millions of dollars of savings into more effective approaches to building safe and healthy communities.

Where to Find Out More

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http://www.safetyandjustice.org/news/2555

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http://www.safetyandjustice.org/programs/safety-and-sentencing/myths-and-facts

Discussion
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Our current justice system is broken and in desperate need of repair. This is a step in that direction, and that is the right direction for us to go.

by justice seeker
over 2 years ago | Reply

Let's work to create a safe and just society, not merely to exact retribution for misdeeds. We imprison far too many people, and in a manner disproportionally directed at minorities and at people with the medical problem of addiction. We could use some of the money currently going into prison construction (and the accompanying debt service) to beneficial ends such as improved drug and alcohol treatment, improved transitional services and supervision, and the support of victims of domestic and sexual violence and of other victims.

by reyn_biker
over 2 years ago | Reply

"Tough on crime" is a crock. Smart on crime is the way to go.

by Sylviah
over 2 years ago | Reply

My partner & I have been working for 3 years with Partnership for Safety & Justice to bring about better criminal justice policies in Oregon. We lobby our elected representatives and educate the public. When we succeed, there will be a lot more money available for drug & alcohol treatment, victims' services, reentry services for people coming out of prison, education needs of Oregon's children, and other worthwhile uses.

by SALLYBJ
over 2 years ago | Reply

One of the biggest advantages held by the 1% over our the rest of us is their disproportionate ability to use the legal system for their own gain.

It's time that we reform minimum sentencing, increase rehabilitation programs, and provide fair and equitable access to legal aid. We cannot afford to wait.

by chiefcspan
over 2 years ago | Reply

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