If we are going to be effective, it is time we address the 80% of inmates in our criminal justice system who suffer from mental illness and drug-related problems. Attorney General John Kroger has pointed this out repeatedly. Lew will work with him and others to find the very best ways to ensure Oregon is both safe and smart.
Improving public safety means a lot more than hiring more police officers -- it demands that we change the way police relate to the community. Lew knows what it's like to get pulled over in front of his own home (multiple times) as a result of racial profiling. He also knows that our peace officers want to do the best job they can. Lew will champion legislation to improve the training of public safety personnel to focus on improving outcomes and building relationships that lead to safer communities.