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Rally To Reform Measure 11 February 20, 2016

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When Oregon voters passed Measure 11 in 1994, it established mandatory minimum prison sentences for specific crimes against people.
Now, after more than 20 years, those mandatory minimum sentences are being given a second look, and a rally to reform Measure 11 took place in Salem on Friday.

One group at the rally said they “want judges to decide prison sentences, not the DAs.” Others held signs with messages: “Give 1st Time Offenders a Fair Chance” and “Time does not fit the crime”.

Opponents of Measure 11

Among those urging reform at the state capitol Friday was Christine VanOrder, who was just 19 when she was sentenced to the mandatory minimum of just under 6 years for a 2nd-degree robbery.

The fact she was a first-time offender wasn’t taken into consideration under Measure 11’s rules.

VanOrder now is running for a state House of Representatives seat to try and change the system.

“I don’t think my criminal history will inhibit me so much as give me the kind of perspective needed to really get some meaningful criminal justice reform going,” she said. She’s running for a seat in District 40, representing Gladstone, Oregon City, Milwaukie and parts of Clackamas.

Barbara Dickerson and Patty Youngblood are co-founders of Time Does Not Fit The Crime. Youngblood said the goal of the reform movement is to give first-offenders a chance.

Her son is doing 11 years for his crime.

“Oregon is now a ‘One strike and you’re out’ state and we used to be ‘Three strikes and you’re out,’” she told KOIN 6 News. “There are a lot of first-time offenders in there and not even for a criminal or violent act.”

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1. sandra utterback - March 7, 2016

Would like to be involved into this cause, please contact me on e mail.

2. Jose - March 21, 2016

I have my sister in law who is serving 20 years . This happened in 2008, she was 15 years old

3. Marian KayEngland - May 20, 2016

I have a nephew from North Carolina pulling 15 years in Oregon Prison happened 2011. Measure 11 is an ungodly act to mankind!!

4. Greta Herzberg - June 2, 2016

I am the mother I want be involve It is not OK . Measure 11 its not for every body & big mistake is comitted .

5. Jena Klitzka - June 23, 2016

Please keep me informed. I have a loved one victimized by Measure 11 and a horrific judicial system in that state. I’m in MN. His name is Jack Poole end he is in Umatullia Oregon.

6. Kari Davis wells - June 24, 2016

My family would like to stay infomed about measure 11 reform. My brother is serving a 75 month term for vehical manslaughter and is a first time offender.

7. Tena - August 25, 2016

My husband age 62 was born & raised in Oregon and has been a role model citizen is a first time offender he was given 9 years, would like to help in any way to help get measure 11 revised. Please contact me via email

Thank you,

8. Allison Fredette - October 19, 2016

I definitely would like to be involved in this and get this measure reformed. My dad is a first time offender and is currently serving 70 months in Eastern Oregon Penitentiary.

9. Shawn Tucker - May 12, 2018

I am just days away from my son’s trial. He is completely innocent of any wrongdoings. But the way the DA is handling this is pure evil. They’re trying for between twelve and two hundred years. All because he believed the lies of an emotionally disturbed young girl with obsessive Daddy issues.


10. Wendy Cates - October 5, 2018

Please keep me informed. I have a loved one victimized by Measure 11 and a horrific judicial system in the state of Oregon.