Proposed Increased Sentencing Goes to Voters
Oregon voters are being presented with two proposals in this November’s election, each designed to crack down on drug and property theft crimes throughout the state. Should both proposals pass, as current polls show will happen, the proposal with the greater vote total will become law. The proposals –Measures 57 and 61- increase prison sentences for repeat offenders of repeat non-violent criminals and mandate a three-year sentence on a first-time drug offense, respectively. Critics of each plan note the likely high cost to the state of administering the proposals, while supporters stress the corresponding savings to the citizenry that they expect will result from a decrease in non-violent offenses such as theft.