When a young person has experienced or is at risk of experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect, and is placed under the supervision of child protective services, the state must protect and care for their well-being.
SB 924 prohibits children and wards in protective custody from being sent to juvenile detention facilities. Placing vulnerable youth in detention facilities sends a message that they are in need of incarceration. Children are entitled to due process and should always be placed in the least restrictive setting and be provided with appropriate services.
We encourage Oregon lawmakers to make policy changes that end the over-incarceration of children and provide them with the tools they need to grow into healthy and productive adults.