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Urgent: Protect Smart Sentencing Policy February 3, 2010

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Kevin Mannix is trying to take away the additional 10% earned time that non-violent offenders could receive thanks to House Bill 3508.

We need to act NOW if we want to keep Mannix from stealing what we have worked so hard to gain.  We need to write our legislators in the Oregon House and Senate THIS WEEK and tell them that we support HB 3508 (now known as the Safety and Savings Act) and additional earned time.

If you want to participate (and I encourage you all to do so) then you can start by clicking on the link below:

http://safetyandjustice.e-actionmax.com/takeaction.asp?aaid=4441

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Postcard-only Mailing for Oregon Inmates Started Jan. 1 February 1, 2010

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Twelve counties across Oregon, including two of the state’s largest began restricting the mail privileges of prison inmates starting last month.

The Hillsboro Argus reports that Washington and Clackamas counties joined 10 others allowing prisoners to mail postcards only.

According to the newspaper, prison administrators said moving to postcards only will save time, money and personnel, since it eliminates the need to open and check all the correspondence arriving and departing from prisons.

It also will make it more difficult to smuggle contraband into jails, a Washington County prison commander said.

Civil rights advocates were concerned about the cost-cutting measures. The ACLU of Oregon told the newspaper that the policy could further isolate prisoners from their families and society.

Read the full story from at OregonLive.

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