Oregon Term of Imprisonment to be Fully Served, Measure 74 (1999)

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The Oregon Term of Imprisonment to be Fully Served Amendment, also known as Measure 74, was on the November 2, 1999 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure required terms of imprisonment announced in court to be fully served, with some exceptions.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 74 (1999)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 368,899 53.16%
No325,07846.84%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Ballot title

HJR 94 - Amends Constitution: Requires Terms Of Imprisonment Announced In Court Be Fully Served, With Exceptions[2]

Support

[3] State representative Kevin Mannix sponsored the measure 74, it being a measure that came from his 1996 measure when it was divided in order to not violate the single-subject rule. The 1996 measure was thrown out after it had passed. In 1999, the same issues had another shot in a variety of measures for the special election. Mannix reminded the voters that the original measure had passed in 1996 and was thrown out due to a technicality, so he encouraged voters to make sure it got passed this time around.

Bob & Dee Dee Kouns of Crime Victims United supported the measure, saying, "The intent here is that the victim, the press and the public are entitled to know the reality of the imposed sentence rather than believing some announced number of months that may have little connection to what is actually served."

Supporters called the measure "truth in sentencing."

Opposition

[4] Like many of the other measures proposed to reform the justice system in 1999, the opposition felt the measure had more to do with granting government more power than protecting victims of crime. They also point out that measure 74 would increase overcrowding in jails.

Stan Robson, a Benton County Sheriff, added that the measure "will strip us of valuable alternative sanctions that often fit the crime better than jail time."

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