State of Oregon secondary Archives: on Crime


John Kitzhaber: Spend $600M on education now instead of on prisons later

In corrections, cost reduction is both needed and possible. The relentless growth in the Department of Corrections is one of the major reasons we cannot adequately invest in education; or in community corrections & other proven crime prevention measures at the local level.

It cost $10,000 a year to keep a child in school but $30,000 a year to keep someone in prison. Our prison forecast predicts the need to build 2,300 new beds over the next decade at a cost of $600 million--and that most of those beds will be occupied by non-violent offenders. And the fact is that this $600 million--if spent on public education--would keep hundreds of people out of the criminal justice system in the first place.

The politics around public safety reform are often difficult--the fear of being labeled "soft on crime." But if we are unwilling act on this issue we will, by default, be choosing prisons over schools and condemning untold numbers of today's students to a future in our system of corrections.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Ore. Legislature Jan 14, 2013

Gordon Harold Smith: Stiffer laws against gang crimes, rapists & child sex

On crime, Smith said his opponent has opposed stiffer laws against gang crimes, rapists and child sex offenders. “When I look at Jeff Merkley’s stance on crime, I’m appalled,” he said.

Merkley responded, “Shame on you, Gordon Smith, for portraying that series of lies.” He said Smith took things he said or did out of context, and he affirmed that he has worked hard in the state Legislature to get better laws on the books to deal with criminals.

Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate, in Southern Ore. Mail Tribune Oct 14, 2008

Jeff Merkley: Worked hard to get better laws to deal with criminals

On crime, Smith said his opponent has opposed stiffer laws against gang crimes, rapists and child sex offenders. “When I look at Jeff Merkley’s stance on crime, I’m appalled,” he said.

Merkley responded, “Shame on you, Gordon Smith, for portraying that series of lies.” He said Smith took things he said or did out of context, and he affirmed that he has worked hard in the state Legislature to get better laws on the books to deal with criminals.

Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate, in Southern Ore. Mail Tribune Oct 14, 2008

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