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November 7, 2008

More on the fate of drug sentencing reform initiatives in the states

This new piece from the Drug War Chronicle, headlined "Sentencing Reform Initiative Defeated in California, 'Tough on Crime' Initiatives Win in Oregon," provides sobering take on the outcome of some of the state drug sentencing reform initiatives. Here is how it starts:

Tough on crime can still trump smart on crime, if Tuesday's elections results on sentencing initiatives in two of the nation's most progressive states are any indication. In Oregon, voters approved two competing initiatives that will increase sentences and prison populations, while in California, a multi-million dollar campaign to dramatically reform sentencing went down in the face of opposition from prison guards and politicians, and another initiative that will see longer sentences and more prisoners was approved by voters.

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Oregon votes approved by a 61-39 vote Ballot Measure No. 57: "Increases sentences for drug trafficking, theft against elderly and specified repeat property and identity theft crimes; requires addiction treatment for certain offenders." Final tally here... [Read More]

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California is in a class by itself concerning initiatives.

Decriminalization won in Massachusetts and Medical Marijuana won in Michigan. There were also local initiatives that passed in Hawaii and Fayetteville Arkansas also passes.

These can be found at Drug War Chronicle or stopthedrugwar.org.

Posted by: | Nov 7, 2008 11:25:47 AM

Actually, Oregon rejected the mandatory minimum Measure 61 and passed the smarter-on-crime Measure 57, which focused on repeat property offender and included $40 million for drug treatment.

Posted by: Rep Chip Shields | Nov 8, 2008 7:59:47 PM

Most modern politicians wouldn't dream of explicitly advocating that society persecute or enslave poor people or members of minority communities. But that is exactly what is happening as a result of the 'get-tough-on-crime' drug war policies of the past few decades.

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Posted by: Stellathomas | Dec 17, 2008 1:20:36 AM

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