Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association Call to Action
Prisons have one of the greatest densities of population in the state right now. The Partnership for Safety & Justice, the leading voice for public safety and criminal justice reform, is looking to explore avenues to draw down federal coronavirus aid funds to help support our prison populations and staff.
Partnership for Safety & Justice wants to ask the state legislature to allocate funds for lodging facilities to act as temporary transition centers, and for restaurants to provide food.
Submit Your Contact Information to Discuss the Program
Want to learn more? Submit your name and contact information here if you are interested in participating in a call with the Partnership for Safety & Justice to discuss the program.
This call will serve to address concerns and gauge interest in the hospitality community.
About Partnership for Safety and Justice Work During Coronavirus Pandemic
Partnership for Safety & Justice has been working together for over 20 years to transform Oregon’s public safety system, and in the face of the coronavirus and COVID-19, our work continues with an even greater focus on the health and safety of our communities.
They are rapidly coordinating to protect the 21,000 people who are incarcerated in Oregon’s prisons and jails, and we’re advocating for crime survivor services to support people for whom isolation at home is a safety risk.
How the Coronavirus Is Affecting Our Communities
Prisons and jails are designed to house large numbers of people in close quarters, which are exactly the types of setting that public health officials are warning us against.
Visitors and corrections staff also enter and leave jails and prisons every day, putting people detained in those facilities at greater risk of exposure to COVID-19. The unique risks to incarcerated people have been widely reported, including in Vox, The Marshall Project, and The New Yorker.
Advocacy for Health and Safety
Reform advocates are working together to protect people who are detained in facilities that are uniquely vulnerable to the rapid spread of COVID-19.
With ACLU of Oregon, the Oregon Justice Resource Center, Sponsors, Disability Rights Oregon, and the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, we are coordinating responses to raise awareness of the threats of the coronavirus and to advocate for public health measures.
In coalition, we reached out to officials in state and local agencies including the Oregon Department of Corrections, Community Corrections, Courts, Sheriffs, and Jails.