What is Oregon Measure 11?

Measure 11—a referendum that was passed by Oregon voters in 1994—imposes mandatory minimum prison sentences on perpetrators of violent crimes. The law all but guarantees long sentences for certain violent offenses and limits the discretion of the court. If a criminal charge is made under Measure 11, the judge has no choice but to impose the mandatory minimum prison sentence, whether the offender has a criminal record or not.

Mandatory minimum prison sentences range from 70 months to 300 months. In addition to facing harsh sentences, Measure 11 offenders have very limited options. Convicted offenders are ineligible for early release or receiving reduced sentences for good behavior. Measure 11 cases are complex and require much time and dedication.

Approximately 25 violent crimes are punishable under Measure 11, including:

  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Attempted murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Sexual abuse/assault
  • Sodomy
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Yen My Le 06/20/2019 07:21 PM
I’m not sure why this was brought up by someone I thought was close to me but he never explain.
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