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Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC)

Clinic Projects

Clemency 

CJRC represents people in their claims for clemency. CJRC petitions the governor to commute or pardon sentences that are unfair, egregiously long or may have involved a miscarriage of justice and where people have rehabilitated themselves while incarcerated. 

Youth Legal Clinic (in the Oregon Youth Authority)

CJRC provides legal services to incarcerated youth throughout the Oregon Youth Authority with a focus on assisting youth in accessing the courts, using a law library, understanding their rights and legal issues, filing legal documents and assessing legal claims.

Parole 

CJRC represents individuals in different types of hearings and reviews in front of Oregon Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision. 

Community Law (Barrier Reduction)

Community Law, a project CJRC does in connection with Metropolitan Public Defender’s Community Law Division, 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.  

Prison/Jail Conditions and Treatment of Prisoners (projects with ACLU of Oregon and Disability Rights Oregon)

We examine different aspects of prison/jail conditions and treatment of prisoners in these collaborations. In 2017, CJRC and the ACLU of Oregon sued a jail in Roseburg, Oregon for its treatment of a female inmate. Our collaboration with DRO has led to studies, reports and materials about the treatment of individuals with mental disabilities in our criminal justice system.

Immigrant Defense

Immigrant Defense, a project CJRC does in connection with Metropolitan Public Defender’s mission is to prevent and combat the detention and deportation of immigrants and refugees in our community. The project focuses on cases where a person’s past criminal record may be affecting their status.

Research Projects

Past research projects have included a study/report of the cost of Oregon’s death penalty (2016), a study/report of Multnomah County Detention Center with DRO (2017), a study/report about the arrests at Multnomah County’s hospitals (2019). Current research projects include a history of clemency in the State, and an examination of Oregon’s incarcerated women lifers.

Amicus Curiae Briefs

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. The Clinic has submitted briefs to the United States Supreme Court, Oregon’s Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC)

Contact Us

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    Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) is located in Wood Hall on the Law Campus.

    Professor Aliza Kaplan
    Director
    akaplan@lclark.edu
    503-768-6721

    • Criminal Justice Reform Clinic (CJRC) Lewis & Clark Law School10015 S.W. Terwilliger BoulevardMSC 51 Portland OR 97219