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Aug 27, 2017

BEAVERTON, Ore. – The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU of Oregon) announced today it is launching a major new campaign to make Oregon’s criminal justice system more effective, fair, and accountable.

They Report to You aims to redefine the role of district attorneys, who are the most powerful people in the criminal justice system and have the ability to make the system more fair, equitable and accountable.

March 1, 2017

Poll: Oregonians strongly support reducing drug sentences. PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon voters overwhelmingly support a proposal to reduce penalties for drug possession, according to a new poll. The poll comes as a new bill, supported by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU of Oregon,) would change small-scale drug possession to a misdemeanor instead of a felony.

April 20, 2016:

ACLU Releases Report on Oregon DAs Report reveals nearly eight out of 10 district attorney races are uncontested, highlights role of governor in appointments. PORTLAND, Ore. – Between 2004 and 2014, 78% of Oregon district attorney (DA) races were uncontested, and over 1 million Oregonians did not cast votes in their DA race, reveals a report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon. District attorneys are rarely challenged even though they have a powerful role in our criminal justice system.