Voices from the Edge on 03/17/11
Kevin Mannix promised voters in 1994 that his Ballot Measure 11 establishing minimum mandatory sentences would create certainty in Oregon's criminal justice system. While the measure tripled the state's prison population over 20 years, a new report by the state Criminal Justice Commission finds that Measure 11 not only failed to deliver certainty, it has cost the state billions of dollars while it shifting sentencing power from the hands of judges to those of district attorneys - a shift many see as dangerous.
This week, Jo Ann and Dave will talk with retired Oregon judge Darryl Larson, chairman of the Criminal Justice Commission about the report's findings as well as the significance of its release as Governor Kitzhaber and the legislature begins looking at mandatory sentencing rules in light of budget constraints.
Jo Ann Bowman is a former , former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazzais a freelance journalist and former editor of who has covered and been involved in Portland's , peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years.
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