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Oregon Prison Population Expected to Grow Due to Measure 57 April 17, 2009

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A state report issued this week projects that Measure 57, the crime-sentencing measure approved by voters in November, will add 1,600 inmates to Oregon’s prison population by 2013.

The measure took effect Jan. 1 and requires sending repeat property and drug crime offenders to prison.

The state’s prison population was expected to grow at an annual rate of 2 percent to 3 percent through mid-2010.

But with Measure 57, growth is expected to exceed 5 percent through mid-2011.

The 2008 Legislature placed Measure 57 on the ballot as a cheaper alternative to a tougher sentencing measure sponsored by former lawmaker Kevin Mannix. But it contained no funding mechanism to pay for additional prison beds.



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