Signed into Law by Gov Brown on 07-14-21
Status (overview) of bill:https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Measures/Overview/HB2172
This bill changes mandatory minimum sentences for specified felonies other than murder to presumptive sentences. This is an attempt to allow a lesser sentence and overturn the twice voter approved Measure 11.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
For victims trying to move on and heal from abuse, letting their abusers off with lesser sentences is unconscionable. Eight of the nine female prosecutors in Oregon issued a letter outlining how dangerous bills gutting Measure 11 in the legislature would cause more victims to suffer in silence. A part of a suite of bills intended to gut the spirit of Measure 11 while 78% of Oregon voters oppose repealing Measure 11 making our communities less safe.
Authorizes court to impose greater or lesser sentence according to sentencing guidelines of Oregon Criminal Justice Commission. Authorizes person receiving presumptive sentence to be eligible for certain programs and sentence reductions. Dismantles Measure 11 minimum sentencing guidelines.
The citizens of Oregon have twice voted for Measure 11’s sentencing. To totally disregard two passed measures should be considered “criminal.” It is irresponsible and over-reaching. Oregon legislators were elected to represent the citizens and not to enforce their own views. I urge you to VOTE NO ON HB 2172. Represent the people as you were elected to do. Do your job.
Please vote NO. Protect the people, not soft on deserved penalties.