A Smarter Approach to Criminal Justice
Many Oregonians face unjustly harsh penalties and stiff prison sentences for crimes that can often be better addressed by alternative sentencing programs. These penalties often have a disparate impact on our most vulnerable communities, and we need to do better. This session, I have been working to reform Oregon’s criminal justice system.
That is why I am sponsoring several bills that will work to reduce costs, lower prison populations, and increase fairness. Senate Bills 302 and 303 make needed changes to the Controlled Substances Act to ensure fair penalties for marijuana possession. HB 2355 defelonizes certain lesser crimes and creates a pathway for data collection of officer-involved stops. Lastly, HB 3078 reduces sentences for property-related felonies and other crimes when drug counseling is a better alternative.
I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to advocate for these bills. By supporting common sense legislation, we can protect Oregonians and improve public safety while reducing recidivism and cutting costs.