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Oregon State Prisoner Employees' Rights and Interstate Commerce, Measure 49 (May 1997)

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The Oregon State Prisoner Employees' Rights and Interstate Commerce Amendment, also known as Measure 49, was on the May 20, 1997 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved. The measure restricted prison inmates from initiating lawsuits about work assignments an allowed interstate shipment of prison made products.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 49 (May 1997)
Approveda Yes 699,813 90.80%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]


RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: A "yes" vote restricts inmate lawsuits about work assignments, allows interstate shipment of prison made products.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: A "no" vote means inmate lawsuits are possible and prison made products will not be shipped in interstate commerce.

SUMMARY: This measure modifies current provisions in the Oregon Constitution establishing requirements for work programs for state prison inmates. The changes contained in the measure: (1) make It clear that inmates have no right to a job or to participate in work, on-the-job training or educational programs; (2) provide that the restrictions on uses of compensation earned by state prison inmates for work they perform are subject to requirements of federal law in order to allow corrections officials to continue operating federally certified prison industries; and (3) modify the definition of”full-time" to include time spent on security measures and transportation of inmates while inmates are participating in work or on-the-job-training.

ESTIMATE OF FINANCIAL IMPACT: The measure will allow the Department of Corrections to continue interstate sales of garments and furniture, which generated an estimated $549,000 in gross revenue in fiscal year 1995-HJ96.

Revenues as a result of this measure may be a funding source for the development and maintenance of the Prison Reform and Inmate Work Act of 1994, and may reduce the costs of incarcerating inmates.


NO □ [2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed December 11, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.