• The Oregonian

    Enter the Safety and Justice Action Fund, a political group tied to the influential reform-minded Partnership for Safety and Justice of Portland. The fund's top officials in recent months reached out to lawyers to mount a challenge to Barton's candidacy.

    They've sought a candidate who will support a shift from prison and mandatory minimum sentences while emphasizing drug and alcohol treatment and mental health services....

    "That office, like some others, has sort of stuck with a traditional practice of focusing on convictions and incarceration and not on the bigger perspectives, holding people accountable responsibly," [Shannon] Wight said, [deputy director at Safety and Justice Action Fund]. "We need a prosecutor's office who cares deeply about helping victims rebuild their lives after a crime and want people they convict to be successful members of the community after they have been held accountable."