District attorneys, or DAs, are the most powerful people in the criminal justice system. They decide everything from who gets charged with a crime to whether to hold police officers accountable for misconduct. District attorneys have the power to reform our justice system — or to keep it trapped with the ineffective policies and practices that have created the mass incarceration problem in the U.S.
What is District Attorney reform?
District attorney reform includes educating people about the importance of district attorneys, making the DA offices more transparent, empowering Oregonians to hold their DAs accountable, highlighting the good work that some district attorneys are doing to reform our justice system, and shining light on problems within the system.
What can I do to help?
Talk to your friends and neighbors about District Attorneys
You can start by going through this website, and then you can take the next step by reading the articles that we have included in our news archives.
Who is my District Attorney and what does that person stand for?
Here’s a list of all the District Attorneys in Oregon. In some cases, we’re still figuring out what different District Attorneys stand for. You can help us by contacting your District Attorney, asking your DA questions and letting us know how they answer. Find out more here.
I have a legal problem. How do I contact the ACLU?