Eight Steps to Justice

District attorneys are responsible for safeguarding the rights of all Oregonians, but too often our criminal justice system fails our communities. It’s past time for our criminal justice system to put public safety and health first. That’s why our coalition—led by the communities most harmed by a broken system—are calling on district attorneys to take real steps to justice.

Here are eight ways District Attorneys can shrink the number of people in prison, jails and on supervision, address racism in the criminal legal system, and invest in safer communities for us all.

STEP 1: LISTEN TO COMMUNITIES.

Build relationships with and listen to communities that are most impacted by crime, violence

and over-policing.

STEP 2: SUPPORT CRIME SURVIVORS.

Support all survivors whether or not they choose to prosecute and hire diverse victimsʼ

assistance advocates to provide culturally specific support.

STEP 3: DISMANTLE SYSTEMIC RACISM.

Learn how prosecutors contribute to a racist, unfair system and work with Black, Indigenous

and other people of color to develop solutions

STEP 4: RETHINK JAIL AND BAIL.

Reduce the number of people sitting in jail because of low-level crimes, mental health,

substance use crises and unaffordable cash bail.

STEP 5: REDUCE PROBATION AND PAROLE SENTENCING.

Sentence fewer people to supervision and fix probation and parole so that they donʼt

unnecessarily put people back into the system.

STEP 6: INVEST IN PUBLIC HEALTH — NOT PRISON.

Support cost-effective programs that keep people off supervision and out of jail or prison.

Reinvest in housing, addiction and mental health services.

STEP 7: LET JUDGES DO THEIR JOBS.

End ineffective mandatory minimum sentencing and track racial disparities in sentencing.

STEP 8: HOLD POLICE ACCOUNTABLE.

Setup independent investigations of police to ensure officers aren’t compromised by relationships with the prosecutor’s office. 

Our Coalition