Our major areas of work are:

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

  • The death penalty

  • Training law students

Primary media contact

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


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

5/16/18 Statement regarding the decision of the Oregon Supreme Court in State v. Norgren

5/10/18 Statement regarding the decision of the Oregon Supreme Court in Kinkel v. Persson

5/7/18 Unlocking Measure 57 update: News advisory

5/1/18 This is Innocence: News advisory

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"

12/15/18 KGW: DNA testing to exonerate convicts may change in Oregon

12/15/18 Salem Reporter: Change in Oregon’s DNA law could free wrongly convicted defendants, legislators told

12/15/18 Statesman Journal: Oregon lawmakers will weigh DNA testing for exoneration

12/12/18 KATU: Wrongfully convicted man takes story to Salem

12/10/18 The Oregonian: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler eyes ‘jail alternative’ for mental ill, drug addicted

11/13/18 Willamette Week: Civil rights advocates proposed an alternative to Portland Mayor’s protest restrictions

11/13/18 Portland Mercury: City’s “Spirit of Portland” recipient declines award over Mayor’s protest ordinance

11/13/18 KATU: ‘Like you died’: Exonerated man rails against state’s now unique non-unanimous jury system

10/19/18 Portland Tribune: Report shows reform decreased racial disparities in drug convictions

10/2/18 NPR: Oregon appeals court hears challenge to non-unanimous convictions

9/25/18 OPB: Think Out Loud

9/23/18 The Oregonian: exoneration shows need to repeal Oregon’s nonunanimous jury rule

9/21/18 The Register-Guard: DAs should work with the Oregon Innocence Project

9/20/18 BBC News: Five surprising reasons prisoners have been freed

9/19/18 Willamette Week: Protester who suffered traumatic brain injury from a flash-bang grenade intends to sue Portland Police

9/19/18 OPB: Exonerations raise questions about Oregon’s controversial jury system

9/13/18 Washington Post: A dead-dog story helped convict a man of child sex abuse. Then the black lab was found alive

9/13/18 OPB: Think Out Loud

9/11/18 CBS News: Dog Lucy the Lab overturned a sex abuse conviction

9/11/18 KOIN: Labrador saves Oregon man from sex conviction

9/11/18 BBC News: Labrador saves US man from wrongful sex abuse prison term

9/11/18 The Oregonian: New mental health alliance wants say on police reform settlement

9/10/18 The Oregonian: Discovery of dog leads to case dismissed against Oregon man convicted of sex abuse

9/10/18 The Bulletin: Charges dropped for Redmond man with 50-year prison sentence

9/10/18 KTVZ: Redmond man cleared of abuse conviction, 50-year sentence

9/10/18 Willamette Week: Central Oregon man cleared of child sex abuse charges after Oregon Innocence Project intervenes in case

9/10/18 OPB: Redmond man exonerated after being sentenced to 50 years in prison