Equal Access to Justice

Across the country—including here in Oregon—the justice system is rigged to perpetuate racial and economic inequality. Public defenders are overloaded with cases, meaning that many low-income people, especially those from communities of color, are entering the courtroom without adequate representation. Without an effective defense, Oregonians are more likely to be unfairly charged, detained and potentially deported.


In 2019, Oregon has a shot at equal access to justice. With Fair Shot, we can reduce public defender caseloads, protect the constitutional right to a fair trial and ensure everyone has equal access to quality representation.

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Learn More

Oregon’s public defenders are overloaded with cases, meaning many low-income Oregonians, especially those from communities of color, are entering the courtroom without adequate representation.

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Take Action

To protect the constitutional right to a fair trial, Oregon must ensure everyone has equal access to legal representation. Contact your lawmaker and ask them to support HB 3145!

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Share Your Story

Oregonians without the aid of a lawyer who has the time, ability and resources to present an effective defense are more likely to be unfairly charged, detained and potentially deported. Have you experienced this? Share your story! Lawmakers need to hear from you.