Board Resolution ~ 08/05/2000

Supporting Passage of Oregan Ballot Measure 94

Resolution of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Supporting Passage of Oregan Ballot Measure 94

La Jolla, California

August 5, 2000

WHEREAS Oregon Law has, since the passage in 1994 of Ballot Measure 11 [Ore. Rev. Stat. §137.700 et seq.], mandated that juveniles age 15 and older charged with certain offenses be automatically waived into adult court, and

WHEREAS Oregon Law has, since the passage in 1994 of Ballot Measure 11 [Ore. Rev. Stat. §137.700 et seq.], also required that all persons, juveniles or adults, be sentenced to serve lengthy minimum terms of imprisonment upon conviction, without the possibility of early release, and

WHEREAS Ballot Measure 94, an initiative measure sponsored by a grassroots organization of parents and friends of those treated unjustly by Ballot Measure 11 has been certified to the November, 2000 ballot, and

WHEREAS Ballot Measure 94 would repeal Ballot Measure 11 and allow prisoners sentenced in accordance with Ballot Measure 11 to be re-sentenced, and

WHEREAS, the passage of Ballot Measure 94 would stop prison expansion in Oregon, and

WHEREAS the passage of Ballot Measure 94 would return discretion in sentencing to Oregon judges, and

WHEREAS the passage of Ballot Measure 94 would also return discretion over juvenile transfer decisions, to Oregon judges, and

WHEREAS the passage of Ballot Measure 94 would also restore balance in the criminal justice system in Oregon, and

WHEREAS, the passage of Ballot Measure 94 in Oregon would send a message to other States and to Congress about the need for this kind of reform,

NOW, THEREFORE,

IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED that the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers endorses the passage of Ballot Measure 94 (2000) in Oregon.

Presented by Board Member Richard Cremer 

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