OR Prosecutors Favor Cutting Terms for Pot, Other Drugs to Curb Prison Growth


The Oregon District Attorneys Association is advocating lower prison sentences for marijuana and other drug crimes as a way of curbing the growth of state prisons, reports the Salem Statesman Journal. Clackamas County DA John Foote said the plan is a response to legislation intended to save $600 million over the next decade by capping the prison population at 14,600. The legislation has the support of a public safety commission appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber and relies on reducing sentences for violent and property crimes. Foote said reducing sentences for some categories of sex abuse, assault, and robbery would be a mistake.

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