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The Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance is forwarding this media release from the Oregon District Attorneys Association. This is an extraordinary piece of news which significantly shifts the debate at the Capitol regarding public safety.
Senior Policy Advisor
ARE OREGON’S PRISONS FULL BECAUSE WE’RE SENDING POT SMOKERS TO PRISON? NOPE!
Lake Oswego, Or (July 19, 2012) – The Truth in Sentencing Project, a foundation dedicated to educating and informing Oregon’s citizens about the state’s criminal justice, prison systems and sentencing laws is releasing its first ad today (ad is attached to this press release). The ad is intended to let Oregonians know who is in prison and why they are there.
- It addresses Oregon’s low incarceration rate, 33rd out of 50 states. Nearly 2/3rds of states have higher incarceration rates. The ad also calls into question Oregon’s high cost per day to incarcerate compared to other states such as Idaho.
“There’s a lot of misinformation out there about Oregon’s sentencing laws and the criminal justice and prison systems and the Truth in Sentencing Project’s goal is to dispel those misconceptions,” said Steve Doell, Executive Director. For instance, many people believe that up to fifty percent of the prison population is incarcerated for possessing drugs.
- In some states that may be true, however in Oregon less than one-half of one percent of Oregon’s 14,000 inmates is serving time for drug possession, and those were convicted for possession of substantial quantities of illegal drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine, according to the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission (CJC).