Clemency petitions attempt to commute or pardon sentences that are unfair, egregiously long, and/or inhibit people from moving on with their lives. During the 2017-2018 school year, CJRC focused on women with severely long sentences who made amazing transformations during their incarceration.
Community Law (a project CJRC does with Metropolitan Public Defender) seeks to remove barriers that keep individuals in poverty. This includes removing barriers downstream from the criminal justice system, through expungements, fine/fee waivers and felony reductions along with addressing legal issues related to an individual’s family, housing, debt or public benefits.
Immigrant Defense Oregon’s (IDO, a project CJRC does with Metropolitan Public Defender) mission is to prevent and combat the detention and deportation of immigrants and refugees in our community. Every year, hundreds of Oregonians face removal proceedings at the Portland Immigrant Court without an attorney. The project focuses on cases where a person’s past criminal record may be affecting their status.
CJRC writes amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs for both Oregon and federal courts on issues that relate to the Clinic’s work on criminal justice reform. During the 2017-2018 school year, we submitted briefs to the United States Supreme Court, Oregon’s Supreme Court and Multnomah County Circuit Court.