Oregon Sensible Sentencing Act (2010)

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Oregon Sensible Sentencing Act, also known as Initiatives 59, did not appear on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute. According to the secretary of state, supporters did not file signatures in an attempt to qualify the measure for the 2010 ballot.

Ballot summary

The ballot title read as follows:[1]

Makes sentencing guidelines' presumptive sentence lengths advisory; lets courts impose any sentence within legal range.

Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote makes sentencing guidelines (which create presumptive sentence lengths based on felony, offender's history) advisory; lets courts impose any sentence within legally permitted range.

Result of "No" Vote: "No" vote retains sentencing guidelines (which create presumptive sentence lengths based on particular felony, offender's history, while permitting upward, downward departures for substantial, compelling reasons).

Summary: Current law requires (through the state sentencing guidelines) felony prison terms of presumptive lengths based on the particular crime and on the offender's history, while permitting courts to depart upward or downward for substantial, compelling reasons. Current law generally creates 20-year maximum prison terms for Class A felonies, 10-year maximum terms for Class B felonies, and five-year maximum terms for Class C felonies, but for certain felonies requires a minimum term exceeding the maximum that otherwise would apply. Measure makes sentencing guidelines advisory; gives courts discretion to impose any sentence, from minimum to maximum sentence, within legally permitted range; does not affect, restrict current mandatory minimum sentence statutes; measure applies to sentences imposed for felonies committed on or after January 1, 2011.

Path to the ballot

See also: Oregon signature requirements

According to the secretary of state, supporters did not file signatures in an attempt to qualify the measure for the 2010 ballot. Initiative petitions for statutes required six percent of 1,379,475, or 82,769 signatures. The deadline for filing signatures for the November 2, 2010 ballot was July 2, 2010.

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