Tell Multnomah County Commissioners We Need a District Attorney Budget that Reflects Our Values
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Multnomah County Residents:
On any given year, well over 10,000 people directly interact with the DA's office in ways that can fundamentally change their lives for the better or worse. The policies, practices, and priorities of the DA's office can be the difference between whether or not young people are held accountable in a way that protects future life possibilities, whether people of color are treated fairly, whether or not crime victims get access to critical services that help them rebuild their lives, or whether children keep contact and connection with their parents.
Budgets are a reflection of our values and vision for what kind of outcomes we want to see in our communities, but the Multnomah County DA Budget fails to tell us how the DA's office is effectively contributing to building safe and healthy communities for all Multnomah County residents. For example, there is not a single performance measure focused on reducing racial disparity.
We did an analysis of the county DA Budget and found major gaps in how we evaluate the work and the roughly $35 million moving through that office.
A diverse set of advocacy organizations is coming together to ask the County Commissioners to advocate for change. Please join us in calling for change. The County Commission is finishing their process of taking public input soon and we need you to help them get the message.
The criminal justice status quo isn't working, and this is one way we can begin to leverage change. The district attorney should have performance measures that better reflect values like equity and inclusion, fairness, harm reduction, and outcomes proven to build safe and healthy communities.
Take Action: Ask Multnomah County Commissioners to Point the DA Budget in the Right Direction
County Chair Deborah Kafoury
Commissioner Sharon Meieran
Commissioner Loretta Smith
Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson
Commissioner Lori Stegmann