State of Oregon Archives: on Crime


Jason Conger: Voted NO on reducing sentences for non-violent offenses

HB 3194: Reduces Prison Sentences for Certain Crimes (Bill Passed House, 40-18); Conger voted Nay
Source: 2013-2014 Oregon Senate & House legislative records Jun 27, 2013

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 Oregon Legislature Jan 14, 2013

Jim Huffman: Death penalty is too inaccurate to deserve support

It makes sense why some liberal bloggers are attacking the bow tie. Getting into the issues with Huffman could prove problematic. Huffman is the kind of Republican that a lot of independent Oregonians will be attracted to: He has supported the legal rights of gays and opposes the death penalty, saying it isn't applied with enough reliability or accuracy to deserve support.
Source: Elizabeth Hovde, columnist in The Oregonian Mar 6, 2010

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 Oregon 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 Oregon Mail Tribune Oct 14, 2008

Gordon Harold Smith: Supports use of federal death penalty

Source: Oregon Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 18, 2008

Jeff Merkley: Mandatory minimum sentence for some 1st-degree sex offenders

Source: Oregon State Legislative Voting Records Apr 20, 2006

Jeff Merkley: Opposes the death penalty

Source: Oregon State 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Jeff Merkley: Increase rehabilitation & alternatives to incarceration

Source: Oregon State 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

John Kitzhaber: Oppose the death penalty

Source: Oregon Gubernatorial 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

John Kitzhaber: End parole for repeat violent felons

Source: Oregon Gubernatorial 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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