Kevin Mannix—who may be best known for his campaigns for attorney general, governor and U.S. Congress—was a prolific lawmaker in the 1980s. But Mannnix, now a Salem lawyer, has driven big changes in public policy most recently through ballot initiatives. He wrote Measure 11, the 1994 law that established mandatory minimum sentences for violent crimes. Last year, Mannix pushed Measure 84, which would have ended Oregon's estate taxes. Voters rejected that measure by a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent.
But Mannix, who's currently in hot water with the Oregon Department of Justice over his work for a controversial non-profit, has never let defeat deter him. As Gov. John Kitzhaber looks to cut corrections costs, Mannix recently circulated an email to supporters, looking for his next ballot measure opportunity.
"Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:11:49 -0800
From: Kevin Mannix
While some folks are making proposals which may weaken our criminal justice system, I ask you to join me in thinking in the opposite direction. What can we do to enhance our criminal justice system in Oregon?I ask you to send to me your ideas and recommendations regarding changes we can make, big and small, to improve public safety. These might involve technical changes to the law, where there is no financial impact. They may involve major reforms, which will require finding a source of funds. But, I want to get a dialogue going.
For example, long ago, a Deputy District Attorney pointed out to me that there are 10-20 repeat major sex offenders, who are sentenced each year, and who really ought to be put away for at least 25 years because they are such bad predators. We incorporated this issue into Measure 73, which passed in November 2010. The lead issue was intoxicated drivers, but we also addressed repeat major sex offenders, and implemented a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence for such criminals. This is now in place.
On the other hand, I recall the frustration of law enforcement, when Oregon statutes were interpreted to mean that you could engage in a citizen âstop and inquireâ (which may lead to âstop and friskâ), only when you thought someone had already committed a crime - or was currently committing a crime. You could not do this when you thought someone was about to commit a crime. Well, we changed that statute as part of a crime bill dealing with several subjects.
I do not promise immediate action as to any ideas, but I do promise that each recommendation will be reviewed and cataloged for potential action.
So, please take a few minutes to share your concerns. These can be sent to me, directly, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin L. Mannix
Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance"