The mission of the Oregon Justice Resource Center is to dismantle systemic discrimination in the administration of justice by promoting civil rights and enhancing the quality of legal representation for traditionally underserved communities. In the spirit of this mission and in collaboration with other like-minded organizations, the OJRC seeks to provide legal services to underrepresented populations; to impart practical skills to future public interest lawyers; and to educate the local community on individual civil rights and current civil liberties issues. Donate to the OJRC.
After many decades of unduly harsh sentencing laws, aggressive prosecution practices, and generally, an over reliance on “tough on crime” polices, we are finally confronting the failures, brutality, and indignity of mass incarceration. The number of people imprisoned in America remains at or near historic highs. While, states have begun to modify some of the most extreme sentencing laws, our continued use of unjust sentencing practices however remains the norm. This means that literally millions of people who are not dangerous have been, and continue to be, locked up for many years. Mass incarceration is the civil rights issue of our time. We have profoundly neglected the plight of individuals who are touched by system; it is shameful and we must take ownership of this and do something about it.
The OJRC employs a holistic approach to criminal justice reform, using integrative advocacy as its model. This strategy uses focused public awareness campaigns, strategic partnerships, and coordinating our legal and advocacy areas to positively impact outcomes in favor of criminal justice reforms. Our approach elevates and leverages education, advocacy, and litigation, giving us the ability to use all three tools strategically, on a case-by-case basis, to fit the needs of a particular issue. Integrated advocacy means we will: track cases and legislation, to determine when and how it undermines the rights of individuals who are intersecting with the criminal justice system; develop aggressive, long-term, multi-faceted, strategies for progressive reform; create and expand a powerful education and communications program that keeps Oregonians informed about the laws that attack their rights, and of the lawmakers and opinion leaders, who support those laws.
The Oregon Justice Resource Center is organized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Contributions to the OJRC are tax-deductible. The Oregon Justice Resource Center is comprised of two separate corporate entities, the Oregon Justice Resource Center (501(c)(3)) and the Oregon Justice Resource Center Action (501(c)(4) pending). Having two separate entities allows the OJRC to do a broader range of work.
The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. Please do not send any confidential information to the Oregon Justice Resource Center until you have received written acceptance from the Oregon Justice Resource Center of any legal services you may request.