OREGON DISTRICT ATTORNEYS
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Oregon Untested Sexual Assault Kit Project
Oregon recently completed the untested sexual assault kit (USAK) project which was funded primarily through a grant from the Office of the District Attorney, New York County (DANY). Including Multnomah County, a total of 15 District Attorney’s Offices participated in this project. Our success of becoming one of the first states to fully eliminate its sexual assault forensic evidence kit backlog and to also implement legislative policies that ensure consistent testing practices in the future is significantly tied to the investment and commitment of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr., and Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill. Eliminating Oregon’s backlog of sexual assault forensic evidence kits does more than just pushing a reset button. It recognizes the mistakes of the past and helps to restore confidence in our public safety system. For too long, survivors of sexual assault were left fighting for a voice. Today, through our trauma informed practices, we work with survivors of sexual assault every day to ensure they understand their rights as crime victims. We make sure they are informed of every step of the process. We make sure that their voice is not only heard, but that we listen and that we are responsive.
The attached report details the results, and statewide impact, of this project.
George Floyd Statement
ODAA is disturbed and saddened to see the tragic death of George Floyd. We are committed to working with our partners in law enforcement and our partners in communities throughout Oregon to promote justice for everyone regardless of skin color, to ensure accountability for anyone whose duty is to serve the public, and stand against any form of hate or bias.
Death Row Story Statement
As prosecutors, we have significant concerns about the Department of Corrections apparent plan to abolish death row and move those sentenced to death to other housing options within DOC. We have not seen the full plan nor do we know all the details. What we do know is that we are now contacting victims’ families to give them this news. And this news will not be welcome.
The permanent segregation of the most dangerous of Oregon’s inmates on death row has historically occurred for very valid safety and security reasons. Unlike other areas in prison, Death Row meant that inmates would be kept separate from most other people most of the time. The safety of our communities is just one obvious reason for that. These inmates have committed the most heinous of crimes. They are cop killers, child murderers, and serial sexual predators who have committed Aggravated Murder. They have wreaked unimaginable havoc upon the lives of their victims. And a unanimous jury necessarily found that they pose a future danger to society in order to decide that the death penalty was appropriate. Keeping them in permanent isolation from society is but a small consequence in comparison to what they have done. And yet it still serves as one form of appropriate punishment for their crimes and keeps our neighborhoods safe, even if execution was never a real possibility in this state under recent Governors.
But the safety of the community within the walls of the prison is also a real and significant concern and is another reason why the isolation of death row is so necessary. Several of these death row inmates have killed other inmates. Their restrictive death row accommodations are the only real punishment left for those that kill inside. Many have abysmal criminal and disciplinary records from their numerous prior incarcerations including threatening staff, crafting weapons and assaulting people while in custody. They pose a continual risk to correctional officials, medical professionals, educators and other inmates should they be walking free in general population. The best predictor of future behavior is prior behavior. One need only look at the atrocious crimes committed by these individuals to know they are a continual risk should they have access to and influence over other people within the Department of Corrections.
We hope that the Department of Corrections will continue to assess the appropriateness of this plan and will consider the negative impact this drastic change will have upon victims and upon our communities both inside and outside prison walls.
Oregon District Attorneys Oppose Governor Brown’s Plan for Early Release of Convicted Felons
During this crisis we must strike a balance between public health, public safety and justice. ODAA has significant public safety concerns about convicted criminals, many of whom are violent, being released prior to the completion of their sentences. Such actions undermine truth in sentencing and discount the safety and security of victims who trusted in a sentence handed down by the court. We strongly oppose mass release of prison inmates and call upon the Governor and the Department of Corrections to meet their duty to keep our communities safe. Click here to read ODAA's letter to Governor Brown.
District Attorneys Support Support Special Session to Fix SB 1013
ODAA supports the special session to fix the problems with Oregon’s Aggravated Murder law caused by Senate Bill 1013. While we continue to believe this change to Oregon’s death penalty laws should have been referred back to the voters, we support fixing Senate Bill 1013 by clarifying that it is not retroactive and will only apply to new crimes going forward. We appreciate Governor Brown’s collaboration on addressing this problem and look forward to working toward a solution that protects crime victims and communities throughout Oregon.
The ODAA has received inquiries about our report “ODAA: An Examination of Juvenile Measure 11 in Oregon Today.” We would like to take the opportunity to answer questions posed and to further explain our position relating to Juvenile Measure 11."
The Changing Role of the District Attorney
By Amy Weirich - The Memphian: https://www.ciclt.net/ul/ndaajustice
Salem pairs police with social workers to offer help instead of jail
By Rachel Alexander – Salem Reporter: https://www.salemreporter.com/posts/333/salem-pairs-police-with-social-workers-to-offer-help-instead-of-jail
Opinion: Oregon District Attorneys Association Supports Jury Change
Oregon Officials Call for Changes of Laws on Criminally Insane
5 Things We Learned About Race And Drug Crimes From New Oregon Report
Oregon Appeals Court Hears Challenge To Non-Unanimous Convictions
Oregon crime labs drowning in urine samples
State v. Mitchell
State v. Bonarov
News Locker: www.newslocker.com/en-us/region/portland/da-multnomah-co-porch-pirate-receives-prison-sentence-for-swiping-packages/ (News aggregator site)
State v. Walsh
Gay Star News: www.gaystarnews.com/article/trans-woman-shot-while-grappling-gun-from-man-in-detroit-gas-station/
State v. El Masry
Atlanta Black Star: atlantablackstar.com/2018/07/24/food-cart-owner-who-threw-sriracha-sauce-at-black-woman-agrees-to-pay-her-1k-to-have-charges-dropped/
Lewiston Tribune: lmtribune.com/northwest/food-cart-owner-who-used-slur-will-pay/article_dd90c560-c999-58be-a4aa-e921c070ae49.html
Herald and News: www.heraldandnews.com/news/oregon/oregon-digest/article_d1eac8d0-789d-5332-8099-b7e3b6f01a40.html
The Raw Story: www.rawstory.com/2018/07/racist-food-cart-owner-agrees-pay-1000-black-woman-doused-hot-sauce-change-dispute/
Willamette Week: www.wweek.com/news/2018/07/20/downtown-food-cart-assault-harrassment-case-ends-in-civil-compromise/
The Philomath Express: www.gazettetimes.com/philomathexpress/around-oregon-july/article_fe9ec710-061e-57ee-b04a-f1dc25f64d9d.html
The Grio: thegrio.com/2018/07/25/food-truck-worker-caught-on-video-spewing-racial-slurs-at-black-woman-to-pay-1000-fine/
State v. Hickman
Portland Tribune: portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/401472-297645-woman-choked-to-death-in-n-portland-van-police-say
State v. English
State v. Whiteaker
Columbian: www.columbian.com/news/2018/jul/26/driver-indicted-for-manslaughter-8-years-after-oregon-crash/ (Via AP feed)
KOIN: www.koin.com/news/crime/driver-indicted-for-manslaughter-8-years-after-oregon-crash/1325633166 (Via AP feed)
Seattle Times: www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/driver-indicted-for-manslaughter-8-years-after-oregon-crash/ (Via AP feed)
Daily Mail: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5997119/Man-crashed-pregnant-womans-car-charged-manslaughter-dies.html (UK based)
KPTV: www.kptv.com/story/38698911/police-womans-body-found-in-n-portland-man-arrested-on-murder-charge (MCDA mentioned as part of investigative response team)
KOIN: www.koin.com/news/crime/tipster-to-cops-woman-murdered-in-n-portland/1314840851 (MCDA mentioned as part of investigative response team)
KPTV: | Facebook post: https://es-la.facebook.com/fox12oregon/posts/10156705203898701 (State v. Trybom)
West Linn Tidings: portlandtribune.com/wlt/95-news/401537-297814-former-wlpd-chief-two-officers-named-in-lawsuit (Shull case | Civil compromise | Asked the reporter to correct inaccurate information about MCDA “dismissing” charges.)
Oregonian: www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/07/jacob_tanzer_a_lion_of_the_leg.html (Death of Jacob Tanzer)
Portland Tribune: pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/401906-298306-multnomah-deputy-dwight-richey-faces-criminal-charges (MCDA mentioned for prior case involving current victim)
Oregonian: pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/401906-298306-multnomah-deputy-dwight-richey-faces-criminal-charges (MCDA mentioned [now re-written] about potential conflict; ODOJ will handle prosecution responsibilities.)
Oregonian: www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/07/lawsuit_over_toddlers_death_in.html (MCDA mentioned as investigative agency)
KATU: katu.com/news/local/multnomah-county-sheriffs-deputy-dwight-richey-indicted-on-several-sex-abuse-charges (MCDA mentioned as requesting special prosecutor)
Advocate.com: www.advocate.com/crime/2018/7/27/portland-police-arrest-man-attack-trans-woman (MCDA mentioned as conducting ongoing investigation; this link has been shared extensively across social media.)
Pink News: www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/07/27/portland-man-arrested-after-punching-trans-woman-in-unprovoked-lgbt-hate-crime/ (MCDA mentioned as conducting ongoing investigation; this is an international LGTBQ site.)
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