Special Investigation

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill has been working to reduce racial disparities from the prosecutor side of the criminal justice system.
March 02, 2017

County DA looks at power of the prosecutor to reduce racial disparities

by Nick Budnick
Tracing the causes of such disparities can be a complex exercise involving factors outside the criminal justice system.
COURTESY PHOTO: KATE WILLSON - A few months after enduring a harrowing experience with local police in 2014, Santiago Santana-Park celebrated the birth of his daughter, Reina.
February 16, 2017

A dream beaten, battered and bruised

by Kate Willson
A police stop in Medford causes a cascade of troubles for Roberto Santana-Park.
COURTESY PHOTO: KATE WILLSON - Nubia Escobedo, a legal resident, was stopped for a minor traffic infraction north of Woodburn and ticketed for failing to display her license, which she left at her Hillsboro home. Latino drivers are eight times as likely as whites to be charged with that violation.
February 16, 2017

Driving while brown

by Kate Willson
Analysis shows Latinos in Oregon are disproportionately charged with various motor vehicle violations.


COURTESY PHOTO: MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI - Bob Terry, former head of the state nursery growers association, says agricultural workers need to be able to legally drive, regardless of their immigration status.
February 14, 2017

License to discriminate?

by Kate Willson and John Schrag
The law was supposed to make Oregon compliant with the Feds. It failed.
COURTESY PHOTO: KATE WILLSON - Springfield police community liaison Thelma Barone says hes career was cut short after she raised concerns about racial profiling in the department.
February 14, 2017

Profiling questions lead to troubling complaints, liaison's dismissal

by Kate Willson
Concerns about Springfield police treatment of Latinos was met with resistance.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Portland police stop a motorist in the central city. Portland is one of the few cities In Oregon that requires  traffic and patrol officers to record so-called stop data.
February 09, 2017

Supporters try again to require Oregon police to track who they detain

by Kate Willson and John Schrag
If House Bill 2355 passes, state will join 19 other states that identify possible racial profiling by police.
COURTESY: KATE WILLSON - Darrell Millner says its no wonder that many minorities dont trust police in Oregon, given the long history of asking law enforcement officers to carry out discriminatory laws.
February 07, 2017

Exclusion laws & poll taxes: Oregon's unquiet history of racial conflict

by Kate Willson
'The relationship between blacks and the justice community has always been defined by the reality that police were assigned to keep the black population under control.'
COURTESY OF PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - Former state Sen. Avel Gordly entered the state legislature with high hopes that a new report on racial disparities would spur laws to reform the criminal justice system. Twenty-five years later, shes still waiting.
February 07, 2017

Will it be different this time? Lawmakers try to break cycle of racial injustice

by Kate Willson and John Schrag
People who have been in the fight for decades warn that efforts to curb criminal justice disparities in Oregon have a history of falling short.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jo Ann Hardesty, president of the Portland NAACP and a former lawmaker, spoke at Saturday's March for Justice and Equality.
February 02, 2017

The high cost of being black in Multnomah County

by Lee van der Voo/InvestigateWest & Nick Budnick/Pam
An analysis of court records shows African-American residents are charged and fined at higher rates than whites in Multnomah County.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jo Ann Hardesty, president of the Portland NAACP and a former lawmaker, spoke at Saturday's March for Justice and Equality.
February 02, 2017

The high cost of being black in Multnomah County

by Lee van der Voo/InvestigateWest & Nick Budnick/Pam
An analysis of court records shows African-American residents are charged and fined at higher rates than whites in Multnomah County.
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February 02, 2017

About this project

by Pamplin Media Group
Unequal Justice is a joint project of InvestigateWest and the Pamplin Media Group, made possible in part by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism.
COURTESY PHOTO - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., center, met with clergy and members of Portland's Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church during a 1961 visit to the Northwest. The church was a center for the region's Civil Rights movement.
February 02, 2017

Portland's racial history is rooted in conflict, disparity

by John Schrag
In 1945, members of the City Club of Portland discussed 'The Negro in Portland,' and heard a report by its committee on race relations.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - On Saturday people took to the streets in Northeast Portland for the March for Justice and Equality organized by the Albina Ministerial Alliance.
February 02, 2017

Analysis of 5.5 million court records shows sweeping disparities

by John Schrag, with reporting by Lee van der Voo
Research shows that equal justice remains an elusive goal for the state's black and Latino residents.
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February 02, 2017

Moonlighting ex-reporter's work aids investigation

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Today's front-page series, Unequal Justice, would not have been possible without the moonlighting work of a county employee. And that's got some in the agency upset.
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February 02, 2017

How we determined justice was unequal

by Pamplin Media Group
Here's how we analyzed 5.8 million criminal and violation cases filed between January 2005 and June 2016

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