Our major areas of work are:

  • Mass incarceration

  • Actual innocence and wrongful convictions

  • Justice-involved women

  • Youth justice and fair sentencing of youth

  • The intersection of criminal law and immigration law known as "crimmigration"

  • Re-entry and the collateral consequences of convictions

  • The death penalty

  • Civil rights of people intersecting with the criminal justice system and law enforcement

  • Training law students


Primary media contact

Bobbin Singh, Executive Director
503.944.2270 | bsingh@ojrc.info




6/25/19 Testimony of Juan Chavez on proposed changes to the Oregon Department of Corrections grievance rules

6/21/19 Statement about the Oregon Department of Justice’s intent to seek cert. at the U.S. Supreme Court in White v. Premo

6/17/19 Statement on the passage of HB 2631

5/7/19 More defendants named in Cider Riot lawsuit against Patriot Prayer

5/3/19 Statement regarding the filing of a complaint against Patriot Prayer

4/16/19 Statement from the OJRC on the passing of the youth sentencing reform bills by the Oregon Senate

3/13/19 Statement from the OJRC on California governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to introduce a moratorium on executions and the implications for Oregon leaders

2/27/19 Survey reveals high levels of past experience of abuse and trauma among Oregon’s women in prison

2/14/19 Statement from CAIR Oregon, the Oregon Justice Resource Center and Western States Center regarding reports of texts between Portland Police officer Lt. Jeff Niiya and Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson

2/7/19 Portland civil rights organizations welcome signing of City Council resolution against white supremacy

11/14/18 Joint statement from the ACLU of Oregon, CAIR Oregon, the OJRC and the Western States Center on the defeat of the proposed protest ordinance.

9/19/18 Statement regarding Aaron Anthony Cantu’s Tort Claim Notice

9/10/18 Oregon Innocence Project announces its first exoneration

8/27/18 Statement in response to 16 Oregon Sheriffs backing anti-immigrant, racial profiling ballot measure

8/21/18 Statement in response to Nationwide Prison Strike

7/17/18 Statement in response to comments by the Portland Police Association about houselessness in Portland and the City's response to it

7/11/18 Statement in response to a review of conditions for ICE detainees at NORCOR


OJRC in the news

8/7/19 Portland Mercury: New report calls mass incarceration a public health crisis in Oregon

8/7/19 OPB: New report asks Oregon governor to declare incarceration a public health issue

8/1/19 The Oregonian: Calling Oregon death penalty costly and immoral governor signs bill limiting its use

6/24/19 The Oregonian: Opinion: AG Rosenblum should act consistently with her statements and beliefs

6/21/19 The Oregonian: State seeks U.S. Supreme Court review of ruling that overturned 67-year sentences for 15-year-old brothers who killed elderly couple

6/21/19 Statesman Journal: Salem twins’ ‘life’ sentences in limbo, could go to U.S. Supreme Court

6/19/19 OPB: New bill would provide civil legal attorneys to Oregon women’s prison

6/5/19 The Oregonian: Man acquitted of disorderly conduct from June 4, 2017 protest now suing city, Portland and state police

6/5/19 OPB: Counter-protester suing City of Portland, police for claims of false arrest

5/24/19 The Oregonian: ‘Historic’ bill that changes Oregon’s juvenile justice system heads to governor’s desk

5/13/19 Portland Tribune: Cider Riot, Patriot Prayer prepare for $1 million lawsuit

5/10/19 Portland Mercury: Mother of Terrell Johnson requests federal trial for son’s death by Portland cop

5/8/19 Willamette Week: Amanda Knox is still haunted by the murder charges she beat because people won’t stop talking about them

5/7/19 KGW: Cider Riot owner speaks out after brawl with Patriot Prayer members

4/26/19 Statesman Journal: Guest Opinion: Oregon should ban life without the possibility of parole sentences for children

4/23/19 KXL: Oregon Senate unanimously passes bill making DNA testing accessible

4/19/19 KOMO News: Federal judge overturns 1989 conviction in murder of Oregon corrections director

4/19/19 KPTV: Murder conviction overturned in 1989 killing of Oregon Department of Corrections director

4/19/19 OPB: Judge orders release of Frank Gable, convicted in notorious 1989 murder

3/11/19 KBOO: Prison Pipeline

3/6/19 Willamette Week: Is it legal for right-wing extremists to brawl with Antifa in the Portland streets?

3/5/19 Portland Mercury: New Oregon Senate bills could ease prison sentencing laws for minors

3/4/19 The Oregonian: Bill would effectively abolish the death penalty in Oregon

2/28/19 Portland Mercury: New report shows link between abuse, trauma and incarceration for women in Oregon

2/28/19 Statesman Journal: ‘You’re not the only one’: Former Coffee Creek inmates allege ‘widespread’ sex abuse, rape

2/27/19 OPB: Report shows majority of Oregon women in prison faced abuse prior to incarceration

2/15/19 KOIN: Wheeler: PPB texts ‘confirm people’s worst fears’

2/15/18 The Oregonian: Lieutenant removed from Rapid Response Team as Portland Police investigate his texts with Patriot Prayer’s Joey Gibson

2/15/19 Portland Tribune: Wheeler: Texts between police, Joey Gibson are disturbing

2/9/19 The Columbian: Portland City Council denounces white supremacists, alt-right hate groups

2/7/19 OPB: Portland City Council passes resolution denouncing white supremacist groups

2/7/19 KATU: Portland City Council passes resolution condemning hate groups

2/7/19 Portland Mercury: Portland City Council votes to reject white supremacy

2/7/19 KOIN: Portland City Council ‘rebukes’ white supremacy

1/13/19 The Register-Guard: Oregon voters may soon be asked to require unanimous verdicts

1/7/19 KTVZ: Daughter of woman who died of flu in prison shares story

1/7/19 Portland Mercury: New report shows impact of mandatory minimum sentences on Oregon women and minors

1/6/19 The Oregonian: Editorial Agenda 2019: Setting the priorities for a new year