Oregonians Choose Measure That Would Add 1,670 Inmates


Choosing between two anticrime measures on yesterday’s ballot Oregonians favored one that increases sentences for repeat offenders, includes drug treatment, and is estimated to add 1,670 inmates. The Oregonian reported that the measure got about 61 pecent of the vote. The proposition is estimated to cost $411 million over five years and to require the state to borrow $314 million for prison construction.

The other proposition got only a 51 to 49 percent and is not enacted. It would have set mandatory minimum sentences for burglary, identification theft, and dealing drugs. It was estimated to add 4,106 to 6,389 inmates, to cost $522 million to $797 million over the first five years, and require the state to borrow $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion.

Link: http://www.oregonlive.com/special/index.ssf/2008/11/measures.html

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