Oregon lawmakers are looking to scale back sentencing to limit the strain on the state’s prison system.
Currently, Measure 11 sets a mandatory minimum sentencing for certain sex abuse, assault and robbery crimes. The change would cap the mandatory sentence and look at monitoring offenders in programs rather than prisons.
Governor John Kitzhaber says it would save the state more than $600 million. Opponents say the original policy, adopted in 1994, has been effective at reducing crime and doesn’t need to be changed.