Criminal Justice Reform Proposal
Our criminal justice system should treat everyone fairly regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, ability status, economic status, or gender.
Non-unanimous jury decisions exacerbate racial inequities.
Mental illness and addiction are diseases, not crimes.
We should address the root causes of drug addiction and houselessness, rather than criminalizing poverty.
Mass incarceration is bad for society and does not improve public safety.
The government should not execute humans.
Nobody should be deported unless they commit a violent crime.
Law enforcement should be transparent and held accountable for their actions.
Victims of violent crimes should be supported and not revictimized throughout the process.
Fines should be based on someone’s ability to pay, rather than an arbitrary amount of money.
Folks with a public defender should not be given any worse representation or given stricter legal punishments than folks with a high-priced attorney.
We must break the school to prison pipeline.
Tangible Policy Changes
End non-unanimous jury decisions.
Lower penalties for non-violent drug crimes.
End cash bail.
Require all police officers to wear body cameras.
Protect Oregon’s sanctuary state status.
Make fines means-tested, requiring a lower payment for lower income earners.
Repeal Measure 11, which set mandatory minimum sentences for many crimes.
Require an independent community review of all cases or allegations of law enforcement misconduct and violence.
Create better systems to rehabilitate those struggling with mental illness and addiction.
Invest in mental health care and addiction treatment programs and resources.
Enact staffing legislation that increases the number of mental health professionals.
Expand specialty courts for houseless individuals and victims of assault, abuse, and other violence.
Cap public defender caseloads to a manageable level, ensure they are paid the same rate as prosecutors, and provide them with increased training resources.
Invest in additional resources that help make victims of violence and trauma whole again.
Increase the number of people of color in every level of the criminal justice system (police, public defenders, judges).
Schools should actively work to reduce out of school suspension rates which disproportionally affect students of color and low-income students.