Measure 61

Argument in Favor

The politicians and bureaucrats are trying to pull a fast one.

Every 3.2 minutes, criminals commit "property" crime in Oregon.

They steal your cars, your identity, burglarize your homes and businesses, and sell drugs to your children.

Then…most of them get probation.

In 2007:

57% convicted of motor vehicle theft got…probation!

62% convicted of identity theft got…probation!

53% convicted of residential burglary got…probation!

70% convicted of burglary of a business got…probation!

69% convicted for felony drug dealing got…probation!

80% convicted for selling cocaine within 1000 feet of a school got…probation!

In 1995, citizen sponsored Measure 11 went into effect requiring mandatory prison sentences for violent criminals. Oregon had the highest violent crime rate of all the western states. We now have the lowest violent crime rate of all the western states. They said it would cost too much. They overestimated the cost by nearly 50%!

What have we learned?

When you put criminals in jail, the crime rate goes down.

Way down.

Costs too much?

These are the same politicians who just provided themselves with luxurious $4400 desks, $6700 credenzas, $2500 leather sofas, $1800 chairs, and new flat screen tv's!

The politicians are trying to confuse the voters.

Here's how:

There are TWO crime measures on the ballot: Politician sponsored 57 and Citizen sponsored 61. Whichever one has the most votes wins.

Measure 57 is the first crime measure on the ballot. It's the politicians' measure. VOTE NO!

The second crime measure on the ballot is Measure 61. Mandatory prison time for criminals! You do the crime. you do the time. VOTE YES!

Politician measure 57 puts 3000 less criminals in jail.

Citizen measure 61 puts 3000 more criminals in jail.

Here's how to remember it:

Citizen measure 61 is more than politician measure 57.

3000 more!

Vote yes on 61....no on 57...because 61 is more than 57!

Steve Doell

(This information furnished by Steve Doell.)


Argument in Favor

Vote Yes on Citizen Measure 61.
Make Sure that Meth Dealers, Auto Thieves, Burglars,
and Identity Thieves Receive a Prison Sentence.

The legislature put a competing measure, Measure 57, on this same ballot. Politician Measure 57 sounds like it will be tough on crime, but it is much weaker than citizen Measure 61. Politician Measure 57 has a killer clause which cancels citizen Measure 61. So, if you want to fight crime effectively, vote no on Measure 57 and vote yes on Measure 61.

Currently, 65% of the criminals convicted for meth dealing, auto theft, burglary, and identity theft get probation (Source: Oregon Criminal Justice Commission). Oregon puts them right back on the streets, and the politicians wonder why we have a high crime rate for these crimes. Measure 61 puts 100% of these criminals in prison.

Mandatory minimum prison sentences make a big difference. When Oregonians passed Measure 11 in 1994, with mandatory minimum prison sentences for violent criminals, we got results: for the next ten years, Oregon was number 1 out of 50 states in the best reduction in violent crime.

But, Measure 11 didn't affect the criminals covered by this Measure 61. Now we need to go after these predators.

The sentences in Measure 61 are tough but fair; if a criminal deals meth in your neighborhood, he will get 30 months in prison; if he deals meth near a school, he will get 36 months in prison. If a criminal breaks into your home or steals your identity, he will get 36 months in prison.

These prison sentences avoid the loopholes that politicians have given criminal defendants. With Measure 61, the crime defines the minimum time. Sentences can be higher, but they cannot be lower.

Make a difference for the safety of your family and your neighborhood. Vote yes on citizen Measure 61 and no on politician Measure 57.

Wayne Brady
Duane Fletchall
Kevin Mannix
Directors, Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance

(This information furnished by Wayne Brady, Duane Fletchall and Kevin Mannix, Directors, Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance.)


Argument in Favor

Hold Criminal Predators Accountable

Vote yes on citizen Measure 61, if you want to see an effective fight against crime across Oregon.

Studies have shown that every dollar we spend fighting crime saves our citizens and communities more than $1 in other costs. These other costs, not reflected in taxes, include the injuries and damages suffered by the victims, the lost time from work while witnesses and victims participate in the legal process, the costs of insurance and security services, and the lost economic development opportunities when businesses stay away from crime-ridden communities.

What should matter most is that we hold predators accountable for the harm they are doing to our communities. The sentences in citizen Measure 61 are tough but fair. If someone breaks into your home, he goes to prison for 36 months. If he steals your identity (which often takes years to repair), he goes to prison for 36 months. If he deals drugs in your neighborhood, he gets at least 30 months in prison.

Measure 61 is not the only thing we need to do to fight crime, but it is a giant step in the right direction.

I must add this: if you like citizen Measure 61, you need to vote no on politician Measure 57. The politicians put Measure 57 on the ballot with a clause which kills Measure 61. If you want mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug dealers, auto thieves, identity thieves, and burglars, you need to vote yes on citizen Measure 61 and no on politician Measure 57.

Wayne Brady
Director, Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance

(This information furnished by Wayne Brady, Director, Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance.)


Argument in Favor

This is No Time to Weaken Our Crime Laws

I am a retired Sheriff's Sergeant. I ask you to vote for citizen Measure 61, so that we can turn around the sentencing system for drug dealers, identity thieves, auto thieves, and burglars.

I became a chief petitioner on this measure because I saw the dramatic reduction in violent crime in Oregon after Oregonians passed Measure 11. I wondered why we have not taken the same approach to serious crimes such as drug dealing, burglary, auto theft, and identity theft, which are so affecting our neighborhoods.

Sadly, the political leadership in the legislature talk about fighting crime but are not willing to change our sentencing policies to get the job done. So, we put together this citizens' initiative, and 149,000 Oregonians joined us in putting citizen Measure 61 on the ballot, so we can really improve the safety of our communities.

I am sorry to say that the same politicians in the legislature who refused to do anything about holding criminals accountable have written their own measure, which is also on this ballot. Their measure is politician Measure 57, and it contains a clause which cancels Measure 61. So, I have to ask you to vote no on politician Measure 57 and vote yes on citizen Measure 61, so we can have real sentencing reform in Oregon.

I committed my career to working for public safety. Now that I am retired, I feel good about continuing to fight for public safety as a citizen advocate. Please join me in voting yes on citizen Measure 61 and no on politician Measure 57.

Duane Fletchall
Chief Petitioner

(This information furnished by Duane Fletchall, Chief Petitioner.)


Argument in Favor

The Legislature is Attempting to Fool You...
Don't Fall for It.

Please vote yes on citizen Measure 61 - and vote no on politician Measure 57.

Let me explain.

In my 10 years in the Oregon legislature, I sponsored more than 60 successful bills to fight crime. This includes our anti-stalking law, murder by abuse law, and laws to protect domestic violence victims. But I couldn't get legislators to toughen sentencing laws.

So, I authored Measure 11 which passed in 1994 with 66% of the vote.

Some political interests predicted that Measure 11 would be horribly expensive. They were wrong. The cost estimates of Measure 11 proved to be twice as high as the real costs.

Over the next 10 years, Oregon was number 1 of the 50 states in the reduction of violent crime because we put these violent criminals behind bars rather than release them to the streets.

Now we need sentencing reform as to drug dealers, auto thieves, identity thieves, and burglars. Currently 65% of these criminals get probation.

Measure 61 ends this revolving door. It provides mandatory minimum prison terms. The mandatory sentences include 36 months for drug dealers, identity thieves, or home burglars.

With citizen Measure 61, your home, identity, and neighborhood will be safer.

The politicians in the legislature have put another measure on this ballot, politician Measure 57, which cancels the mandatory minimum prison sentences of Measure 61. They wrote their own ballot title to make politician Measure 57 sound tough. Politician Measure 57 continues to give probation to nearly every criminal on a first conviction. There is not one minute of mandatory minimum prison time in politician Measure 57.

If politician Measure 57 gets more votes, it will cancel citizen Measure 61. I ask you to join me and the 149,000 Oregonians who signed our petitions and vote yes on citizen Measure 61. Vote no on politician Measure 57.

Thank you.

Kevin L. Mannix
Chief Petitioner

(This information furnished by Kevin L. Mannix, Chief Petitioner.)


Argument in Favor

Measure 61 Helps Fight Meth.
Measure 57 Sets Criminals Free.

Please join me in voting yes on citizen Measure 61, so we can fight back against the meth epidemic which is hurting Oregon so much.

Last year, Oregon had the tenth highest amount of meth seized of all 50 states. This is especially bad when you consider that our population is much lower than most states. You know as well as I do the terrible affects of meth on our communities - and our children. Yet, today, 69% of criminals convicted of drug dealing in Oregon get probation! (Source: Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, 2007 statistics)

Citizen Measure 61 will send every single convicted meth dealer to prison - no exceptions. The sentences are tough but fair: 30 months for dealing meth, 36 months for dealing meth to a child or near a school. These are mandatory minimum prison sentences, so a judge can impose a higher sentence. But, we need a mandatory minimum to guarantee that these predators will not get probation.

The politicians who have failed to do anything about sentencing policies for many years have put an alternative measure on this same ballot - it is politician Measure 57. Measure 57 has a clause which cancels all of the mandatory minimum prison sentences of citizen Measure 61. The politicians wrote the ballot title to make it sound tough, but it actually gives probation to everyone on their first conviction, and it gives probation to most repeat drug dealers.

If you want to send drug dealers to prison, vote no on politician Measure 57 and vote yes on citizen Measure 61.

Steve Beck
Chief Petitioner

(This information furnished by Steve Beck, Chief Petitioner.)


Argument in Favor

MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF BOB SKIPPER
ENDORSES MEASURE 61

Multnomah County Sheriff Bob Skipper is joined in endorsing Measure 61 by Kenneth W. Matlack, Morrow County Sheriff, by Glenn E. Palmer, Grant County Sheriff, and by Gil Gilbertson, Josephine County Sheriff.

These Sheriffs understand the terrible effects of crimes committed by meth dealers, burglars, identity thieves, and auto thieves.

Yet our current sentencing laws for these crimes make a mockery of justice.

In 2007, 75% of criminals convicted of the crimes covered by Measure 61 got probation, not prison. This includes all such criminals, whether on first or repeat convictions.

Yet, for each of these crimes: a person has been victimized. Law enforcement needs to investigate, develop evidence, charge, and prosecute. The defendant gets a lawyer (almost always paid for by the taxpayer). The courts must use their resources to try the case (unless there is a guilty plea).

After all of that - we have a "catch and release" sentencing system where 75% of convicted criminals get probation.

Measure 61 will put a stop to this, with reasonable mandatory minimum prison sentences for these crimes.

Measure 61 is the only measure on this ballot with mandatory sentences. Another Measure, 57, has "guideline" sentences, and those sentences will still give 3,000 criminals probation.

Voters have a choice: mandatory minimum prison sentences for meth dealers, identity thieves, burglars, and auto thieves (Measure 61) or leave 3,000 of these criminals in our neighborhoods, free on probation (Measure 57).

For real justice, vote Yes on 61 and No on 57.

Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance

(This information furnished by Wayne Brady, Duane Fletchall, and Kevin Mannix, Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance.)