The Oregon House today passed a bill aimed at resoling the dispute over funding Measure 57 and releasing prisoners to close the state budget gap
Rep. Chip Shields
(D-Portland) crafted a compromise measure he says will "keep faith with the voters" who passed Measure 57 last fall. The measure includes stiffer sentences for some property crimes and calls for more drug treatment.
Measure 57 went into effect at the beginning of this year. Shields' House Bill 3508
would continue the measure until Feb. 15, 2010, then suspend the measure until Jan. 1, 2012.
The also increases earned time
for non-violent offenders from 20 percent to 30 percent, meaning earlier releases and a reduced prison population.
After the House passed the bill today 40-19, it now moves to the Senate for consideration.