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FAMM testifies at Oregon Senate Judiciary hearing on compassionate release bill
SALEM – FAMM Deputy Director of State Policy Celeste Trusty testifies at today’s Oregon Senate Judiciary hearing on Senate Bill 1560, which would establish a Task Force on Compassionate Medical Release within the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision.
“FAMM’s compassionate release report gave Oregon a failing grade of just 22% – the 6th worst ranking in the nation,” said Trusty. “We are supportive of SB 1560 because it lays the groundwork to bring about necessary improvements to a woefully underutilized process. I urge the Judiciary Committee to vote in favor of the bill, and hope it will get a vote from the entire Senate and House.”
If the bill is enacted, the Task Force would issue a report of recommended statutory changes, along with reforms to strengthen institutional policies and procedures before the 2025 legislative session commences.
For nearly three decades, FAMM has united the voices of affected families, the formerly incarcerated, and a range of stakeholders and advocates to fight for a fairer and more effective justice system. FAMM’s focus on ending an inflexible and draconian punishment structure has led to reforms to sentencing and prison policies at the state and federal levels and is paving the way to programs that support rehabilitation for the 94% of all prisoners who will return to our neighborhoods one day.
FAMM is a national nonpartisan advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice policies that safely reduce incarceration, save taxpayer dollars, and keep families together. Founded in 1991, FAMM has secured bold sentencing and prison reform across the country while elevating the voices of directly impacted individuals and families.