Wednesday, 09/6/23

A Free Man after 25 Years in Oregon Prison, 17 on Death Row

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Oregon Innocence Project began working on Johnson’s case in 2014. They shared that they faced strong resistance from the Marion County district attorney and the Attorney General when trying to conduct further DNA testing on the crime scene evidence that could have shed light on what truly happened that night in 1998.

They also shared statements of blatant racism by a detective involved in the case. The detective reportedly discouraged a neighbor from sharing that she witnessed a white man running away from the scene on the night of the murder because, as he regarded it: “A n— died, a n— is going to pay for it.”

Despite a complete lack of critical evidence in the case, it has taken 25 years for the Marion County District Attorney's Office to dismiss the charges against Johnson.

The community's support is now crucial to help Mr. Johnson rebuild his life. To support Johnson’s re-entry into society, consider donating to his GoFundMe campaign.

Re-entry after incarceration has many barriers and obstacles. Individuals exiting the correctional system are inconsistently prepared for re-entry. Many are disconnected from the reality of how to live and lack knowledge of what resources are available.

We recommend The Returning Citizens Survival Guide as a resource for this transition. The guide covers logistics on fundamental needs, as well as stories that spark inspiration and hope. For every Guide ordered, a copy will be gifted to a currently incarcerated person.

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Tuesday, 08/22/23

Suicide Risk in Prison Rises Alongside Temperatures, Highlighted in Oregon

"It was so hot in here –the airflow in the unit was turned off – we were all screaming and yelling. It was horrible."

--Woman incarcerated in CCCF

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Extreme heat is not only a concern for the general population but also poses a unique and grave risk to incarcerated individuals, particularly those suffering from behavioral health conditions. The United States holds over 2.1 million incarcerated people, a disproportionately high number of whom experience mental health challenges. Suicide, sadly, stands as one of the leading causes of death within the prison population. A recent study conducted in a Deep South US prison system sheds light on the alarming connections between extreme heat, solitary confinement, and the prevalence of suicidal behaviors among incarcerated men.

The study's results illuminate a stark and disturbing connection between extreme heat and suicide incidents within the prison system. Compared to days with temperatures ranging between 60 and 69°F, the rate of daily suicide incidents surged by 36% when reaching extreme caution levels (90-103°F)...Keep reading.

Monday, 08/21/23

"We are all implicated when we allow others to be mistreated."

--Bryan Stevenson

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A new report by the Women's Justice Project (WJP) has brought to light a distressing reality that has long been hidden within the confines of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF) - Oregon's only women's prison. The report features stories of inmates incarcerated at CCCF, offering a stark glimpse into an environment marked by suffering, despair, and allegations of worsening conditions....Keep reading.

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