Governor Kate Brown to Sign Youth Sentencing Reform Bill into Law
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown will sign a new youth sentencing reform bill into law at 11 AM today at the June Key Delta Community Center in North Portland. SB 1008proposes changes to the state’s juvenile justice system that will make communities safer, reduce victimization, and improve rehabilitation opportunities for youth.
“This legislation will serve troubled youth in our community for generations to come, reshaping lives and putting them on a path towards success,” said Governor Brown. “Data has informed the path forward. By changing the sentencing guidelines for youth offenders, our communities will be safer. And more Oregonians will have better chances of using their time in custody to make a turnaround in their lives.”
The legislation was supported broadly by individuals and organizations in the criminal justice community, including Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA), the Board of Parole, the Oregon Department of Corrections, county juvenile directors, and numerous judges, attorneys, and advocacy organizations.
The legislation represents the most significant reform to Oregon’s juvenile justice system since 1995, when voters passed Measure 11 and OYA was created. Since then, OYA has been on a path of transformation, moving from a model of secure facilities that provide some treatment and education, to a model of treatment and education facilities that are also secure. This law will help bring the entire juvenile justice system in line with that transformation and be more consistent with what research says is most effective for protecting the public and maximizing good outcomes.