The state Senate this week passed and sent to the House a bill that many have long called for – not charging all juvenile serious offenders as adult criminals. If the House also gives thumbs up on SB 1008, including the governor, many young offenders won’t be facing very long sentences. In fact, studies show that juveniles who are not mixed in with the regular inmate population tend to re-offend far less often after they’re paroled than those housed among the adults.
Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.