Oregon’s Self-Delusion of Progressiveness on Criminal Justice

I believe that one of the reasons that Oregon is so sleepy on race and criminal justice reform is that we have a false belief that we’re one of the “good states” and therefore don’t need to worry about it.

I created this graphic to show where we actually stand compared to the rest of the US on race, policing, and prison. It pulls from two sources, this tool to show rates of police killings of black people and this pdf on black imprisonment.

Oregon's Delusion of Progressiveness on Criminal Justice
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Admitting the problem is the first step in solving it.

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