Oregon Limited Pretrial Release of Accused Violent Felons, Measure 71 (1999)

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The Oregon Limited Pretrial Release of Accused Violent Felons Amendment, also known as Measure 71, was on the November 2, 1999 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure limited pretrial release of persons accused of violent felonies.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 71 (1999)
Approveda Yes 404,404 58.01%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Ballot title

HJR 90 - Amends Constitution: Limits Pretrial Release of Accused Person To Protect Victims, Public[2]


[3] Representative Kevin Mannix was a chief petitioner on this measure.

Supporters were concerned with the safety of Oregonians and preventing dangerous criminals from being let out on the streets to possibly harm another victim. Citizens who were harmed or had love ones who were raped or killed from criminals let out on bail rallied around the measure.

Some of those in support were:

  • Parents of Murdered Children
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • Crime Victims United


[4] Many opposed argued that the measure assumes every arrested person is guilty. They also argued that the measure would abandon the basic right of having your bail posted if you are arrested.

Some of those against the measure were:

  • Crime Victims for Justice
  • State Rep. Jo Ann Bowman
  • Oregon Sen. Avel Gordly

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