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Study concludes changes in Measure 11 are necessary January 28, 2007

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In the past decade, Oregon has had the third-fastest growing prison system in the nation, exploding from fewer than 5,500 prisoners in 1990 to more than 13,000 today.

The state Department of Corrections’ budget likewise has skyrocketed, from $377 million in the 1993-95 budget period to a proposed $1.38 billion this biennium.

These were among the eye-popping statistics that the Partnership for Safety and Justice shared at a session Saturday that attracted more than 100 people, including six state legislators.

The Portland-based partnership advocates for greater fairness and effectiveness in the state’s criminal justice system.

Heavy spending on prisons – at the expense of social services such as education and treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse – is the legacy of Measure 11, members of the partnership told the group. The voter-approved ballot measure, which establishes mandatory sentences for certain crimes and treats youths as adults when they’re charged with those crimes, took effect in 1995.

Read the entire article here: http://www.registerguard.com/news/2007/01/28/c1.cr.prisonreform.0128.p1.php?section=cityregion



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