Oregon Repeal of Mandatory Minimum Sentences, Measure 94 (2000)

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The Oregon Repeal of Mandatory Minimum Sentences Act, also known as Measure 94, was on the November 7, 2000 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have repealed the mandatory minimum sentences for certain violent felonies.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 94 (2000)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No1,073,27573.49%
Yes 387,068 26.51%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Ballot title

Repeals Mandatory Minimum Sentences For Certain Felonies, Requires Resentencing[2]

Proponents

Cathi Lawler, Lorraine Heller, and JoAnn Bowman

Support

[3] Supporters of the measure deny the opposition's claims that measure 94 will release thousands of criminals onto Oregon's streets. Instead, they maintain that offenders will simply be resentenced. They point out that the measure does not target violent or repeat criminals, as the opposition has also said, arguing that:

Measure 11 is a one-strike law, meaning a minimum sentence of nearly 6 years, including children 15+ (tried in adult court) with no early release for good behavior;Over 56% are first-time offenders, many are nonviolent crimes; and a judge cannot consider any circumstances during sentencing.

Supporters reminded voters that in 2000, more was being spent on prisons than schools. They favored giving judges the discretion to place young people in programs that help them become responsible and accountable adults.

Some of those who supported the measure are:

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU)
  • Jo Ann Bowman, State Representative
  • Parents Against Cruel & Unusual Punishment
  • Southern Oregon Citizens to Repeal Measure 11

Opposition

[4] Many crime victims and parents of raped or murdered children stood up in opposition for this measure, fearing that dangerous criminals would be released just 90 days after the measure passed. Opponents wanted to know where the line was drawn when deciding which criminals are violent "enough" to stay in jail.

Some opposed believed that judges are not necessarily to be trusted or relied on and putting control in their hands to give out easier sentences is not a good idea. Others simply see the measure as going "soft" on crime in Oregon.


Some opposed to the measure are:

  • Crime Victims United
  • Oregon Police Chiefs for Safer Communities
  • Sheriffs of Oregon
  • Lynn Snodgrass, Speaker of the House
  • Democratic Women for Justice
  • Parents of Murdered Children, Inc
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving Oregon
  • Oregon District Attorney's Association
  • Kevin Mannix

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