New bill would dramatically change criminal justice system

A bill in the Oregon legislature is proposing major reforms to the state's criminal justice system.

Posted: Feb 22, 2021 7:44 AM

SALEM, Ore. – A bill in the Oregon legislature is proposing major reforms to the state's criminal justice system.

HB 2002 is a sweeping measure that would scale back the system's reach, from limiting what offenses send a person to jail, to reforming mandatory minimum sentences to reducing the number of people on parole.

Those in favor of the bill say the changes are needed and that it would save money to be re-invested in things like culturally-specific and community-based victim services.

The bill has a public hearing scheduled for Thursday before the House Committee on Judiciary.

You can read the full text of the bill here.

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