Early on, state legislative leaders and Governor Kitzhaber were listing areas of the state budget that could be cut in order to pump more money into K-12 education. One of them was prison reform, where the idea is to reduce the list of crimes that come with non-reduceable prison sentences.
This week, Democrats in both houses will try to round up enough bi-partisan votes to take three crimes off the voter-approved Measure 11 list: first degree sexual abuse, second degree robbery and second degree assault. But as you’ll read in this article in the Oregonian, it may be a hill too tall to climb for the Democrats. Click here.