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How tough should the law be on teen offenders? April 13, 2007

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Oregon lawmakers are considering legislation that would repeal portions of the state’s minimum sentencing law that deals with the most serious teen offenders.

Measure 11 requires mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain crimes like murder, assault or sexual abuse. Other crimes like arson, second-degree robbery and kidnapping are included as well.

Senate Bill 1014 would stop 15- to 17-year-olds from automatically being sent to adult court when they commit serious crimes, like rape. House Bill 2904 would give some teenagers of the same ages a chance at an earlier release date.

The legislation being considered is controversial for a number of reasons.

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