Our major areas of work are:

  • Innocence and wrongful convictions, exonerations, legal reforms to prevent and address wrongful convictions

  • Mass incarceration

  • Justice-involved women

  • The intersection between criminal law and immigration law, sometimes called "crimmigration"

  • Prisoner reentry and the collateral consequences of convictions

  • Youth justice and fair sentencing of youth

  • The death penalty

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

  • Training law students


Primary media contact

Alice Lundell, Director of Communication
503.563.3356 | alundell@ojrc.info



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

6/6/18 Response from the OJRC to news of state and local agencies cooperating with ICE


OJRC in the news

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

12/30/18 The Oregonian: Opinion: Gov, Brown, it’s time to commute Oregon’s death row"