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Misguided Measures: The Impact of Measure 11 on Oregon's Youth

August 2, 2011
NJJN Newsletter
National Juvenile Justice Network

In 1994, Oregon voters passed Measure 11, which imposed long mandatory minimum sentences for certain crimes and required that youth charged with those crimes be automatically prosecuted as adults.

A new report, Misguided Measures: The Outcomes and Impacts of Measure 11 on Oregon’s Youth, co-released by the Campaign for Youth Justice and NJJN member Partnership for Safety and Justice reviews the way Measure 11 has affected juvenile crime in the 15 years since it was enacted.

According to the data, Measure 11 has not made Oregon any safer. In fact, most youth charged with Measure 11 offenses are not the most serious youth offenders, but they receive the most serious sentences, little to no rehabilitative services, and face lifelong barriers to becoming productive citizens even after they have served their sentence.

The report provides clear reasons why the public should reconsider Measure 11 for youth, in addition to a list of recommendations that incorporate the latest research on curbing juvenile delinquency and recidivism in order to improve youth justice policies and increase public safety in Oregon.

Download the report now.

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