Far too many people incarcerated in Oregon are held in conditions that threaten their health, safety, and human dignity on a daily basis. We used this legislative session to successfully fight for some fundamental rights.
We fought for SB 488, making sure all inmates have access to an annual flu shot – an important fix to avoid senseless death and suffering.
We fought for SB 498, which ensures no inmate will face excessive fees when making phone calls, because connection with loved ones is essential to the wellbeing of incarcerated Oregonians, their families, and communities.
Periods are a fact of life, so we fought for HB 2515 to ensure that all prisons provide menstrual hygiene products at no cost to inmates. Health and dignity must not be sacrificed in prison.
And we helped pass SB 495, prohibiting the use of dogs to intimidate, control, or punish people incarcerated in Oregon.
These rights and humane living conditions are crucial not only to respect the human rights and dignity of incarcerated individuals, but also to ensure that our system is focused on rehabilitation and promotes health and well-being.