A new direction for Oregon's DOJ? An interview with Attorney General John Kroger
Since taking office last January, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger has taken on the siting of a liquified natural gas terminal in Clatsop County, started investigating the collapse of the Oregon College Savings Plan, pushed for a faster cleanup of Hanford, and cleared the way to prosecute unethical debt collectors. He also wants Oregonians to give him a bigger budget to create an environmental crimes unit and a civil rights division.
As Oregon's economy continues to decline, lawmakers are faced with a growing budget gap and spiraling prisons costs driven by state mandatory sentencing laws. Some in the legislature say its time to revise state sentencing programs and find more efficient ways to handle convicted offenders. Among the proposals working their way through the legislative process is a bill that would allow judges to review mandatory sentences at mid-point and revise them if deemed appropriate. Dave and Jo Ann talk with Rep. Chip Shields about this proposed bill and other changes lawmakers are considering this session.
Some 36 years ago, deep in rural Louisiana, three young black men were silenced for trying to expose continued segregation, systematic corruption, and horrific abuse in the biggest prison in the US, an 18,000-acre former slave plantation called Angola.
A new study is painting a bleak picture of American Misdemeanor courts.
The study shows that courts across the country are overburdened, and that defendants’ rights to due process are being violated.
Locally, though, Multnomah County seems to be bucking the trend with its innovative Community Courts.