PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) – An advocate for prison reform will be visiting Central Oregon in coming days to meet with officials and local groups to talk about the impact of the justice system and prisons on Oregon communities.
Kyle Black will be sharing what she has learned as someone who was incarcerated for 26 years within our state’s prison system. As a Policy Associate with the Oregon Justice Resource Center (OJRC), a nonprofit law firm that serves incarcerated clients around Oregon and advocates for reform, Black brings her lived experience and professional expertise to the conversation around prisons and the justice system.
Oregon taxpayers are funding the state prison system to the tune of more than $1 billion a year, with millions more spent on courts, prosecution, defense, and policing.
At any given time, around 22,000 Oregonians are in some form of incarceration, be it a prison, jail, the Oregon State Hospital, a youth detention facility, or a federal prison.
Since the late 1970s, Oregon’s prison incarceration rate has grown from a little over 100 people in prison per 100,000 of population, to nearly 400.
The high cost of Oregon’s criminal legal and punishment systems and the number of families impacted by the system should be a cause for reflection by our communities about whether this is serving all our interests.
“As someone who’s spent years locked up, I’ve seen firsthand how incarceration doesn’t always achieve the rehabilitative goals that will help prevent future offending,” Black said. “There are many different views that we all hold about prisons and the legal system and what they’re getting wrong, but I hope we can all agree with the need to challenge systems that aren’t working to prevent harm to our families and communities.”
To inform her work with OJRC, Black is on the road this fall with a colleague, Kyle Hedquist, who is also a Policy Associate with the organization. Black and Hedquist are touring the state to visit towns and cities all over Oregon to talk to elected officials, civic leaders, students, and community groups about criminal justice. Their goal is to build connections and learn more about the impact on local communities of prisons and jails.
“I don’t expect everyone to agree with OJRC about the changes that need to be made in our prisons,” said Black. “But I do believe that we can find common ground on the basics: we all want to be happy, healthy, and safe. I want people to reach out if they’re interested in dialogue about these issues and I’m ready to talk.”
In recent months, Kyle Black and Kyle Hedquist have been representing OJRC at the Legislature during the legislative session as advocates for prison reform. Their work has had such an impact that they were featured by The Oregonian this spring in an article on their unusual transition from prison to policymaking. With the next legislative session on the horizon in early 2024, Black and Hedquist will be taking inspiration from their engagement with Oregonians around the state to inform their work at the Capitol.
While in Central Oregon, Kyle Black will be visiting Prineville, Redmond, Bend, and Sisters on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 3-4.
The Oregon Justice Resource Center is a nonprofit law firm founded in 2011 serving clients around the state with free criminal, immigration, and civil rights legal services. The goal is to promote civil rights and improve legal representation for communities that have often been underserved in the past: people living in poverty and BIPOC among them. OJRC works in collaboration with like-minded organizations to maximize our reach to serve underrepresented populations, to train future public interest lawyers, and to educate our community on issues related to civil rights and civil liberties.
Oregon State edges Cal Poly in double overtime
Michael Rataj matched his career high of 18 points and grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds to help Oregon State notch a 70-63 double-overtime victory over Cal Poly on Monday night in Corvallis, Ore.
KC Ibekwe added 14 points and eight rebounds for Oregon State (5-3), which outscored the Mustangs 10-3 in the second extra session. Tyler Bilodeau had 11 points and Jordan Pope added 10 despite 5-of-20 shooting.
Quentin Jones scored 21 points and Kobe Sanders added 19 for the Mustangs (3-6), who dropped to 0-5 on the road.
Pope’s jumper with 2:40 left in the second overtime gave the Beavers a 64-62 lead and they never trailed again. Ibekwe made consecutive baskets later in the period to make it a five-point margin and Oregon State closed it out to improve to 5-0 at home.
In the first overtime, Sanders converted a layup to give the Mustangs a 58-57 lead with 42 seconds left.
Josiah Lake II made two free throws to give the Beavers a one-point edge with 29.5 seconds to play. Lake later split two free throws with 14.2 seconds to play before Sanders drove for a basket to tie it at 60 with 3.8 seconds remaining.
Late in regulation, Rataj scored on a driving hoop with 1:11 left to tie the score at 49. Cal Poly’s Jarred Hyder missed a 3-pointer with one second left.
Oregon State shot 43.1 percent from the field but missed all 10 of its 3-point attempts. The Beavers held a 49-32 rebounding advantage.
Cal Poly made 34.4 percent of its attempts and was 6 of 23 from behind the arc (26.1 percent).
Sanders scored seven straight points in 19 seconds to give Cal Poly a 46-43 lead with 5:07 remaining.
Sanders started the burst with a 3-pointer with 5:26 left. Oregon State’s Justin Rochelin was called for a technical foul for contact away from the ball and Sanders went back to the line and made two free throws.
The Beavers then were awarded possession of the ball due to the technical and Sanders drove for a layup as the Mustangs went ahead by three.
Cal Poly later led 49-47 after a 3-pointer by Hyder with 2:58 remaining.
Jones scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the first half as Cal Poly led 28-25 at the break. Bilodeau had 11 in the half for Oregon State.
—Field Level Media
Oregon receiver Josh Delgado enters transfer portal
A third Oregon receiver has entered the transfer portal.
Josh Delgado, a fifth-year junior who did not play this season, entered the transfer portal on Monday.
Delgado appeared in 12 games in 2022 and had one catch for 12 yards, one kickoff return for 21 yards and two punt returns for seven yards.
He redshirted in 2021 and had three catches for 36 yards and returned one kickoff and two punts in 2020. As a freshman in 2019, Delgado had 11 receptions for 147 yards.
He’s the third Ducks receiver to enter the portal this offseason, joining Ashton Cozart and Kris Hutson.
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Winter road maintenance will continue with $19 million promise from Kotek, Oregon Legislature – Oregon Capital Chronicle
Oregon’s top elected officials pledged to spend millions of dollars on winter road maintenance after dire warnings from the state Department of Transportation that highways would go unplowed because of a budget shortfall.
Gov. Tina Kotek, Senate President Rob Wagner and House Speaker Dan Rayfield announced Monday that the state would commit $19 million to make up the shortfall and allow the department to buy snow plows, purchase sand and salt for deicing roads and fix potholes and damaged pavement next spring.
“It’s critical that all Oregonians have a safe, reliable transportation system to get to work, school, and play,” said Rayfield, D-Corvallis. “Thanks to the work our transportation and budget leaders have invested to understand the safety and functional needs of our communities, we are able to ensure a safe winter season and ultimately, a more sustainable, equitable system.”
The announcement follows the first serious snowfall of the season. Major ski areas, including Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood and Mount Bachelor near Bend, opened temporarily this weekend, but warmer weather and heavy rain washed away much of the snow. More snow is expected in mountain passes this weekend.
The state transportation department warned in October that it would cut back on road maintenance, including plowing some roads once a day or less instead of four times a day. Agency leaders cited looming budget shortfalls caused by decreases in gas tax revenue tied to Oregonians driving more fuel-efficient vehicles or driving less.
The department can begin using the money now, and it will be officially approved by the Legislature in the 2024 session.
Kotek said in a statement she plans to find long-term solutions to ensure highways meet the needs of Oregon residents, businesses and visitors. The Legislature will work on a major transportation funding package in the 2025 legislative session.
“In the meantime, I greatly appreciate Senate President Wagner and House Speaker Rayfield for prioritizing this funding now so that Oregonians can have safer road conditions this winter,” Kotek said.
The $19 million commitment includes $8 million for buying materials like deicer and salt and lifting the agency’s restriction on overtime. That would allow staff to work longer hours during storms and their aftermath.
Another $4 million would go toward replacing 10 trucks primarily used for snow plowing. The department has approximately 400 trucks, many of which are beyond service life. The new trucks will be on the road by next winter because it takes a long time to order and purchase them.
The final $7 million would be used mostly for spring repairs to roads damaged by winter freeze cycles. The agency will get $4.5 million to patch pavement and fix potholes throughout the state and $2.5 million to retrace edge lines on highways with 3,000 or fewer daily drivers next spring.
“Whether it’s July or January, Oregonians need to be able to travel safely on our highways,” said Wagner, D-Lake Oswego. “This commitment from myself and Speaker Rayfield — in coordination with our budget co-chairs — guarantees critical funding to keep Oregonians safe throughout the year.”
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