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Mandatory Minimum Law has Disparate Effect on Black Juveniles September 14, 2011

Posted by FairSentencing in : Current News , trackback

Oregon’s Measure 11 disproportionately pushes African American juveniles into the adult criminal justice system, according to a new report by the Partnership for Safety and Justice and the Campaign for Youth Justice.

The Oregonian reports that Measure 11 sets mandatory minimums for 21 violent crimes and requires juveniles charged with those crimes to be tried in the adult criminal justice system. The authors of the report found that African Americans made up 19 percent of those indicted under Measure 11, despite comprising only 4 percent of the state’s youth population.

The report, which also contends that Measure 11 has been ineffective in reducing juvenile crime rates, follows Governor John Kitzhaber’s formation of a committee to review Oregon sentencing laws and practices.

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