Oregon Limits Pretrial Release of Accused Person To Protect Victims, Ballot Measure 71 (1999)
This measure requires that a court consider the reasonable protection of the victim and public when deciding whether to release the accused person prior to trial.
This measure passed at the November 1999 Special Election.
|Oregon Measure 71|
HJR 90 - Amends Constitution: Limits Pretrial Release of Accused Person To Protect Victims, Public
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
 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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