The ACLU of Oregon launched a campaign on Sunday aimed at upping voter participation next spring from Oregonians across the state.
The campaign focuses on district attorneys, the most powerful elected officials in the criminal justice system. And with 36 counties in Oregon – which means 36 district attorneys – the civil rights organization wants to encourage more Oregonians to vote in those races.
“They Report to You” has been launched as a multi-year and multi-faceted campaign focused on district attorney accountability and criminal justice reform.
For the ALCU of Oregon accountability does not equate to building and filling prisons. Rather, says the organization, it should reflect an increase in access to education, mental health treatment, re-entry support and ensuring equal treatment.
“If we’re going to take a significant step forward in modernizing and reforming our criminal justice system – making it fairer and more effective – we’re going to need much higher levels of voter engagement with district attorneys,” said David Rogers, executive director of the ACLU of Oregon.Read More (Offsite)