SB 1510 creates greater justice for all Oregonians by lessening the ticket-level police interactions that have resulted in disproportionate rates of police violence towards Black and other people of color. It will also improve success for people on probation and parole by removing barriers to succeed after incarceration, and it will invest resources in community-centered efforts to address racial disparities in the criminal legal system.
In 2020, millions of people took to the streets to call for racial justice in America. These actions by everyday people continued the long fight for racial justice in our country, a movement which has been led by Black leaders and the Black community. The fight for racial justice remains unfinished business, and we have an opportunity to make progress in Oregon through SB 1510, which includes an array of racial justice strategies that were developed by communities and coalitions that came together through the Governor’s Racial Justice Council.
With SB 1510, the Oregon Legislature has the opportunity to create greater justice for all Oregon communities with targeted strategies for addressing the disproportionate impacts of systemic racism on Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities. Specific strategies in the bill include:
- Reducing racial disparities in traffic stops related to issues not involving safety, such as stops for a broken headlight, tail light, or brake light. It is important to lessen these types of law enforcement interactions which have resulted in disproportionate rates of police violence towards Black and other people of color.
- Improving success for people on probation and parole by removing barriers to success faced by Oregonians after incarceration.
- Investing resources in community-centered efforts to address racial disparities in the criminal legal system by creating the Justice Reinvestment Equity Program.
We need to continue the fight for racial justice in our communities, legislatures, and the courts, and SB 1510 is a necessary step in this fight.