Oregon Revision of Criminal Laws, Measure 8 (1984)

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The Oregon Revision of Criminal Laws Act, also known as Measure 8, was on the November 6, 1984 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have revised multiple law enforcement and criminal trial statutes, including the prosector’s control over trial procedures, police powers, necessary evidence, sentencing procedures, parole and victim’s rights.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 8 (1984)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No597,96451.98%
Yes 552,410 48.02%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

8. REVISES NUMEROUS CRIMINAL LAWS CONCERNING POLICE POWERS, TRIALS, EVIDENCE, SENTENCING
QUESTION - Shall prosector’s control over trial procedures be expanded, and major changes made in police powers, evidence, sentencing, parole, victim’s rights.

EXPLANATION - NOTICE: THIS DESCRIPTION DOES NOT IDENTIFY ALL CHANGES PROPOSED TO CRIMINAL STATUTES. Gives prosectors new or additional authority, including to compel jury trials, prevent dismissals after civil compromises, try multiple defendants jointly; repeals statutes regulating stops and searches of persons and statutes allowing challenges to illegal or unconstitutionally obtained evidence; gives victim role in trial scheduling, sentencing, parole; expands cross-examination on witness’s prior convictions; regulates multiple and consecutive sentences; makes other changes.

ESTIMATE OF FINANCIAL EFFECT - Passage of this measure will increase by up to $3.0 million the annual recurring costs for the state court system and the costs for prosecution and defense. Election costs will increase by $41,000.

YES □

NO □ [2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed December 10, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.