Measure 61

Argument in Opposition

A Message from Ron Louie, Retired Police Chief

Vote No On Measure 61

As a former Police Chief with over 33 years of experience, I was part of the fight against crime on two levels:

I oppose Measure 61 because it is a one-size-fits-all sentencing approach that could weaken the rest of the public safety system.

Just Warehousing Criminals Won't Solve
Our Crime Problem.

Measure 61 will force the public safety system to spend its resources on building more and more warehouses for criminals, without doing anything to stop them from committing new crimes once they are released. Measure 61 does nothing to stop the revolving door!

Measure 61 just isn't the kind of change Oregon needs.
It's the wrong approach.

Please Join Me in voting "NO" on Measure 61.
RON LOUIE, RETIRED POLICE CHIEF

(This information furnished by Matt Blevins, The Better Way To Fight Crime Committee.)


Argument in Opposition

STOP THE REVOLVING DOOR.
VOTE NO ON MEASURE 61.

Every day, the parole and probation officers across Oregon work to ensure that criminal offenders reintegrate into society and do not commit additional crimes in their communities.

Of all the factors that contribute to recidivism for offenders who commit property crimes and identity theft, none ranks higher than drug and alcohol addiction.

We see if it every day:

Without mandatory treatment, tougher sentences won't stop the revolving door for perpetrators of property crimes and identity theft.

That's why we are opposing Measure 61.

Oregon needs the tougher sentences and required treatment found in Measure 57, not more sentencing gimmicks like Measure 61.

Vote No on Measure 61.

FEDERATION OF OREGON PAROLE AND PROBATION OFFICERS

(This information furnished by Matt Blevins, The Better Way To Fight Crime Committee.)


Argument in Opposition

Measure 61: A Bad Choice for Oregon

Two Stories from One Family

A Victim of Identity Theft: Scott's Story

For almost a decade, my family has been dealing with the trauma connected with having my personal information stolen. My bank account was emptied, and countless hotel bills, cell phone accounts and other transactions were conducted using my name and Social Security number.

I don't want to see other Oregonians experience the same victimization, but that means we need real solutions. Measure 61 is a gimmick that doesn't address the root causes of property crime: drug addiction. Measure 61 makes it harder to get offenders drug treatment, which means it does nothing to stop the cycle of crime.

For a better way to fight identity theft—look at Measure 57. That's the measure I'm supporting. It provides strong accountability and treatment.

Working within a State Prison: Jessica's Story

When my husband Scott's identity was stolen, it started a never-ending ordeal for our family. Because I work within a prison, I have an additional perspective that leads me to oppose Measure 61 as the wrong approach.

Measure 61 focuses on one thing only: incarceration. If Measure 61 passes, hundreds of millions of our tax dollars will get sunk into building more prisons. I've seen firsthand what happens when we spend all our money on prison beds but don't offer prisoners treatment and rehabilitation programs. Offenders get out and recommit crime. Warehousing people does nothing to stop future crime.

We need more than just tough talk and gimmick solutions. We need a smart approach to addressing crime that focuses on both accountability and prevention. My husband and I are supporting Measure 57 because it is the better way to fight crime.

Fellow Oregonians, we know these issues firsthand,
Measure 61 won't work.
Scott Gregory and Jessica Katz

Vote "NO" on Measure 61.

(This information furnished by Matt Blevins, The Better Way To Fight Crime Committee.)


Argument in Opposition

GRANDPARENTS, PARENTS, AND YOUR NEIGHBORS SAY
NO ON 61

We recognize the need to stop repeat offenders and have tougher sentences for drug traffickers who prey on our kids and grandkids, but Measure 61 is simply not the right way.

We're supporting the other crime measure because it's smarter, tougher, and more targeted.

We're supporting the other crime measure.

We're supporting the other crime measure.

We're supporting the other crime measure.

Oregon citizens deserve better and
Measure 61 is not the way.
Join us in saying NO ON 61 and make sure
you are saying "yes" on 57.

ADVOCATES FOR SENIORS SAY NO ON 61

Save Oregon Seniors

Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens

Frederick Olson, Co-Chair, Advocacy Coalition for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Oregon Alliance for Retired Americans

Elders in Action Commission, a powerful voice of older adults since 1968, who tackle important issues that affect the quality of life for Oregonians, and help shape the aging policy on all levels.

(This information furnished by Matt Blevins, The Better Way To Fight Crime Committee.)


Argument in Opposition

"I WILL BE VOTING NO ON MEASURE 61."
By John Kroger

Former Federal Prosecutor
Democratic and Republican Nominee for
Oregon Attorney Genera

As a Federal Prosecutor, my job was to protect America from crime. I've convicted mafia killers, drug traffickers and corrupt government officials.

So why am I voting NO on Measure 61?

Measure 61 may sound like it's tough on crime, but we need to fight crime in ways that are both tough and smart. Measure 61 fails that test.

The vast majority of property and identity theft crimes in Oregon are committed by drug addicts. We need to tackle this problem more aggressively. Unfortunately, Measure 61 will take us in the wrong direction. Measure 61 fails to put first-time property and drug crime offenders into treatment for their drug addictions – the thing which drives them into crime in the first place. Law enforcement professionals like me know that the only way to reduce crime is to couple tough sentences with effective drug treatment – something Measure 61 fails to do.

If you believe we need a tough and smart strategy to stop crime, please vote against Measure 61 and for the better alternative – Measure 57. I support Measure 57 because it will provide longer prison sentences for repeat property crime offenders, and tough sentences for big dealers who sell drugs to our children and identity thieves who target seniors. It also does what Measure 61 fails to do -- put drug-addicted criminals into treatment. It's the best way to keep drug-addicted criminals from committing more crimes after they get out of prison.

Please join me by voting No on Measure 61-it's the wrong approach.

JOHN KROGER
Former Federal Prosecutor / Nominee, Oregon Attorney General

(This information furnished by John R. Kroger.)


Argument in Opposition

THE REAL COST OF MEASURE 61

The high end of the government's financial estimate for the cost of Measure 61 in the next biennium (2009-2011) is $266 million.

For every dollar the government spends fighting this kind of crime, citizens save more than a dollar. So, with Measure 61, Oregonians will save over $266 million, in terms of the reduced cost impact of crime, next biennium.

While the $266 million cost to government of Measure 61 is not cheap, it is only a small part of the state's budget. The Oregon all-funds budget for 2007-2009 is $42.78 Billion. Even in the current budget, a Measure 61 cost of $266 million (the top estimate) is less than one percent of the all-funds budget (in fact, it is six-tenths of one percent of the all-funds budget).

Looking at the all-funds budget, with Measure 61 in place, Oregon will still spend over $15 Billion on Education and less than $1.5 Billion on Corrections (a 10-1 ratio) in the next biennium.

Another cost of crime which we need to remember is Quality of Life: if we don't control meth dealing, identity theft, auto theft and burglary, it has a tremendous negative effect on our Quality of Life.

We can afford the government financial costs of Measure 61. We cannot afford the costs to our people if we do not enact Measure 61.

Wayne Brady
Retired aerospace engineer

(This information furnished by Wayne Brady, Retired Aerospace Engineer.)


Argument in Opposition

Oregon's Corrections Professionals
Urge a NO on Measure 61

As the men and women who work in Oregon's prison system, represented by AFSCME Council 75, we oppose Measure 61. Few people understand the adult prison system better than we do. We spend years with the people convicted of victimizing citizens and our communities.

We all want to be sure that offenders are held accountable when they deal drugs, sell meth, steal our property or, worse, our identity. But this measure does not do that. It has no funding options and no program alternatives.

This measure imposes a one-size-fits-all, quick-fix scheme that ties the hands of corrections professionals. Worse, Measure 61 does nothing to stop crime before it starts.

Measure 61 does nothing to require drug and alcohol treatment. We know that when these offenders beat their drug or alcohol addiction they are less likely to commit new crimes. Measure 57 is a much better alternative because it has required drug treatment for addicted offenders and harsher sentences for those who refuse treatment.

We know that the corrections system needs a variety of tools to hold offenders accountable for their criminal acts, not just another catchy slogan that does noting to solve the real problems of addiction and criminal behavior.

We are urging you to join us and vote NO on Measure 61 and then look back and make sure you voted YES on 57, the measure that gives us a better way to fight crime.

Joyce Armstead
Counselor at the Oregon Youth Authority

Tyler Brickey
Corrections Officer at Eastern Oregon state prison, Pendleton

Larry W. Campbell
Corrections Officer at OSP Minimum prison, Salem

Vernon R. Hampton, Jr.
Corrections Officer at Santiam prison, Salem

Amanda Rasmussen
Corrections Officer at Coffee Creek women's prison, Wilsonville

Tina Turner-Morfitt
Corrections Intake Counselor at Coffee Creek women's prison, Wilsonville

(This information furnished by Mary Botkin, Oregon AFSCME Council 75.)


Argument in Opposition

A RECIPE FOR FAILURE

ONE BAD IDEA
Rigid, one-size-fits-all sentencing gimmicks like "three strikes you're out" are a bad idea. Measure 61 makes that bad idea worse. The best way to fight crime is to balance accountability with prevention strategies. 85% of property offenders have an identified addiction problem, but Measure 61 has NO drug treatment. Measure 61 does nothing to break the cycle of crime.

A DASH OF IRRESPONSIBLE FISCAL POLICY
The cost for Measure 61's flawed approach? The official state estimates say this measure could cost up to $274 MILLION a year when fully operational. In addition, the state would have to borrow over a BILLION dollars to build three new prisons. Throwing more money at prison construction is the least effective and most expensive approach to the problem. In tough economic times, we don't have money to burn.

SPECIAL INTEREST
Who's backing Measure 61?

So where did Measure 61 come from? Measure 61 is brought to you by a failed Oregon politician funded by a strange millionaire from Nevada.

Only the better crime measure, Measure 57, has the support of a broad coalition of the law enforcement and community leaders we trust.

MEASURE 61 IS A RECIPE FOR FAILURE.
WE URGE YOU TO VOTE NO.

-The Partnership for Safety and Justice

(This information furnished by David Rogers, Partnership for Safety and Justice.)


Argument in Opposition

OUR FOCUS IS KIDS

Our job is to make sure all of Oregon's kids have the opportunity to grow up healthy, educated, and safe.

WE'RE ASKING YOU TO SAY NO ON 61 BECAUSE
IT'S NOT THE BETTER WAY TO FIGHT CRIME

Drugs and drug-related crimes can tear apart families and communities. But unless we stop the cycle of addiction and the revolving door of justice, we aren't solving the problem.

Measure 61 doesn't do enough to stop the revolving door of Oregon's criminal justice system.

MEASURE 61 IS INCOMPLETE

MEASURE 61 IS A BAD INVESTMENT FOR OREGON TAXPAYERS

Measure 61 means Oregon taxpayers will be
spending more money and getting less impact.

STAND FOR CHILDREN
SAYS NO ON 61

SEE MEASURE 57 FOR OUR ENDORSEMENT
OF THE BETTER WAY TO FIGHT CRIME

(This information furnished by Jonah Edelman, Stand for Children.)


Argument in Opposition

DON'T CONTINUE THE REVOLVING DOOR

UNITED WAY MID-WILLAMETTE VALLEY
URGES A NO VOTE ON MEASURE 61

United Way Mid-Willamette Valley works to advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for all. We focus on the basics we all need to succeed: Education, income, health. Our goal is to create long-lasting change that prevents problems from happening in the first place.

We see the wreckage of the current failed system everyday in the work we do: Unsafe neighborhoods, substance addiction, and threats to kids and the elderly.

Oregon must do better.

THE REVOLVING DOOR OF DRUG AND
ALCOHOL ADDICTION

85% of people in jail for property crimes have drug or alcohol problems.

49% of property crime offenders will commit another crime when they are released, continuing the revolving door cycle of crime.

Under the current system, less than 15% of inmates receive drug and alcohol treatment.

Measure 61 won't change that.

SENTENCING GIMMICKS HAVE BEEN A
MISERABLE FAILURE

We oppose Measure 61 because it is just another sentencing gimmick like others that have been miserable failures. Tougher sentences alone won't stop the current revolving door. New crime measures must include treatment to stop the revolving door of drug-fueled property crime and identity theft.

TOUGHER SENTENCES WITHOUT TREATMENT
DON'T WORK.

NO ON MEASURE 61 -
IT'S NOT THE WAY TO FIGHT CRIME.

UNITED WAY MID-WILLAMETTE VALLEY

(This information furnished by Matt Blevins, The Better Way To Fight Crime Committee.)


Argument in Opposition

Oregon Association of
Community Corrections Directors
Opposes Measure 61

We work with offenders day in and day out.

People who are committing repeat property offenses need to be held accountable. And the citizens of Oregon expect us to work smarter in our fight on crime.

Measure 61 is not smarter; it's just more of the same self-serving, politically motivated initiatives that sound good but ring hollow in their outcomes.

The No. 1 priority for law enforcement in Oregon must be to address drug and property crime. The only way to do that is to address the main cause of repeat offenses and that cause is substance abuse.

Measure 61 does nothing to address this root cause.

Effective treatment must be combined with enforcement if Oregon is to deal with the consequences of drug abuse such as identity theft, property crimes, and the dislocation of families. The evidence shows that holding offenders accountable through supervision, sanctions, and treatment is the way to reduce criminal activity.

Measure 61 is just not good enough and Oregonians deserve more.
That's why Oregon Association of Community Corrections Directors is supporting the other crime measure, Measure 57. There is a better way to fight crime and Measure 61 is not it -- Measure 57 is.

OREGON ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS DIRECTORS

(This information furnished by Steven Berger, Oregon Association of Community Corrections Directors.)


Argument in Opposition

Measure 61 – Expensive and Ineffective

Crime touches all of us, either when we or someone we know is a victim or when the costs of crime are passed along to us as consumers. That's why it's important to get this right, to take effective action to reduce and prevent crime. Measure 61 proposes that we spend billions to warehouse criminals in prison, but fails to provide anything to prevent crimes from happening in the first place or to stop criminals from re-offending when their sentences are over.

Measure 61 is a simplistic, "lock-'em all away" scheme that would increase Oregon's prison population by up to 45%. While this may sound appealing, especially if you've been a victim of property crime yourself, a closer look shows Measure 61 would just warehouse first-time offenders until they are free to offend again. It provides nothing to prepare criminal offenders to be productive, law-abiding citizens.

That's why District Attorneys, police and corrections officers across our state, the professionals who deal daily with crime and its effects, are not sponsoring Measure 61. They know that merely slowing down a revolving door doesn't make us more secure in the long run.

Measure 61 would cost Oregon up to $10 million in the first year and up to $274 million per year after the fourth year. It would require the state to take on massive debt to build new prisons. Reducing crime is expensive. We should spend our money on things that actually work, not on simply building and operating more and more prisons.

Vote NO on Measure 61.

Measure 57 is the better choice. While it toughens penalties for property and drug crimes, it looks ahead to when those sentences are over, so that we can be safer and more secure in our communities. Measure 57 is the only crime measure that deserves your vote.

(This information furnished by Carla "KC" Hanson, Multnomah County Democrats.)


Argument in Opposition

Stop the Madness! No on 61.

Measure 61 is a billion dollar boondoggle!

A billion dollars to build more prisons? Just a conservative estimate and just the tip of the iceberg! After the prisons are built the government says it will cost another $161 to $274 million every year to staff and maintain them. Add another $709 to $844 million on interest payments over 25 years. Plus, more trial expenses, more court time, more prosecution and defense expenses. The burden on the taxpayers is staggering and the money is wasted.

The money is wasted!

Drug and property offenses are committed by addicts and the mentally unstable. People with drug problems need treatment. Treatment works. People with mental illness need treatment. Treatment works. Measure 61 will load new prisons with people who will not receive treatment. These people will then be released without a cure. Wasted money.

Stop the Madness!

Measure 61 will rob Oregonians and do to the public what no burglar could – drain the state budget and take money from every taxpayer. The Measure 61 boondoggle will reduce the budgets of education and social services. Measure 61 will take away services that work and replace them with prisons. We have plenty of prisons. We have lots of laws. We don't need more of either. Stop the Madness. NO on 61.

(This information furnished by Kenneth Viegas.)


Argument in Opposition

Juvenile Parole Officers Urge a NO on Measure 61

We are Juvenile Parole Officers in Oregon, represented by AFSCME Council 75. Few people understand the juvenile justice system better than we do. We work with delinquent youth every day and share your commitment for a change in Oregon's criminal justice policies.

Measure 61 is not the answer. We all want to be sure that offenders are held accountable when they deal drugs, sell meth, steal our property--or worse--our identity. Measure 61 is a stick with no carrot. Youthful offenders must get treatment for their addictions and have programs that give them an opportunity to change the direction of their lives and make different choices. Measure 61 does not do that.

Instead of holding youth accountable for illegal behavior, this measure imposes a one-size-fits-all scheme that ties the hands of law enforcement and juvenile corrections professionals. Worse, Measure 61 does nothing to stop crime before it starts.

Measure 61 does nothing to require drug and alcohol treatment. As youth corrections professionals, we know that when these offenders beat their own drug or alcohol addiction they are less likely to commit new crimes. We need tools to hold youth offenders accountable for their bad choices, not just another catchy slogan that does nothing to solve the real problems of addictions. We're supporting the better measure, Measure 57, because it will actually give us the tools to stop crime.

We are urging you to join us and vote NO on Measure 61.

Juvenile Parole Officers, AFSCME Council 75

(This information furnished by Matt Blevins, The Better Way To Fight Crime Committee.)


Argument in Opposition

MEASURE 61:
A CLASSIC BAIT & SWITCH

Measure 61 may seem like a good idea
but it's not good enough – not even close.

THE BAIT:

Oregon needs tougher sentencing. Oregonians are rightly frustrated that just a small number of criminals are responsible for so many crimes, especially when it comes to drug trafficking, property crimes, and identity theft that can leave victims with ruined lives. We must treat these crimes more seriously.

THE SWITCH:

Measure 61 may sound good but instead of a real solution it offers only a gimmick – and an expensive one at that. It's clear that the war on drugs and sentencing gimmicks like "three strikes you're out" are miserable failures. Measure 61 is just more of the same. It sounds like it's tough on property crimes, but when you dig a little deeper you'll see that it is more of a political sound bite than something that will actually make us safer.

There is a better way to fight crime. That is why the people you trust to keep you safe aren't supporting Measure 61 – they're supporting the other crime measure, Measure 57.

Measure 61's backers are hoping you just won't notice that.

Vote Yes on Measure 57:
The Better Way to Fight Crime

While you are voting NO ON 61, please Vote YES on Measure 57 as the better way to fight crime. Measure 57 is tough, focused, requires drug treatment, and has the support of the law enforcement professional who know what it takes to keep us safe.

VOTE NO ON 61

The Better Way to Fight Crime Committee
and Its Endorsing Partners

www.betterwaytofightcrime.com

(This information furnished by Matt Blevins, The Better Way To Fight Crime Committee.)


Argument in Opposition

FRONT-LINE WORKERS IN YOUTH CORRECTIONS SAY:

THANKS BUT NO THANKS

Say No On 61

As people who work in youth corrections every day, we see the need for change in Oregon's criminal justice system. But there is a right way and a wrong way to try to change things for the better.

Measure 61 will not get the job done.
If you want a measure that will be tough on crime, there are choices on the ballot. Measure 61 is not the right one.

Measure 61 is simply more of the same.
Measure 61 is one of two measures on the ballot that creates tougher sentences for dealing meth, cocaine and heroin, but it does it by imposing a rigid, one-size-fits-all scheme that ties the hands of law enforcement professionals. And Measure 61 does nothing about the most important issue that could stop crime before it starts—tough requirements for drug treatment. As youth corrections professionals, we've watched young people recover from criminal activity by correcting one major obstacle—their own drug addiction.

There is a better way to fight crime.
Instead, go back and look at Measure 57—the kind of change Oregon needs right now. If you want tougher sentences for repeat offenders, Measure 57 is the only choice that makes sense. That's why Measure 57 is supported by police, sheriffs, district attorneys, youth corrections officers like us, advocates for seniors, drug treatment advocates and many more.

Choose the better one.
We are urging you to VOTE NO ON MEASURE 61 and make sure you are voting yes on Measure 57.

Vote No On 61

SEIU, Local 503, representing front-line workers at the Oregon Youth Authority, and 45,000 other workers

(This information furnished by Matt Blevins, The Better Way To Fight Crime Committee.)


Argument in Opposition

BUSINESS LEADERS ASK YOU TO
SAY NO TO MEASURE 61.

MEASURE 61 IS SIMPLY NOT THE RIGHT KIND
OF CHANGE
OREGON NEEDS.

As a bipartisan, statewide business organization, we represent over 300 homegrown businesses and large corporations from a wide range of industry sectors. We urge you to vote No on Measure 61.

Like you, we understand that change is needed in Oregon's criminal justice system. That's why we wholeheartedly support the other measure, Measure 57—the better way to fight crime. Measure 61 is not the right way to solve the problem--it's ineffective, rigid and costly, and will not stop the revolving door justice of Oregon's criminal justice system.

As business owners, we know about the prevalence of identity theft and property crime in Oregon. But again, Measure 61 doesn't get us to where we need to be.

As business owners—and your friends and neighbors, we've seen drugs destroy careers, cost jobs, tear at our communities and hurt the next generation.

Measure 61 is not the kind of change we need.
If you want tough and smart—go vote Yes on
Measure 57, the better way to fight crime.

We join our law enforcement community,
advocates for children and seniors,
parents, teachers, and Republicans and Democrats alike
in saying NO ON MEASURE 61.

OREGON BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

(This information furnished by Ryan Deckert, Oregon Business Association.)


Argument in Opposition

PARENTS and TEACHERS SAY
"NO"

Not good enough.
Not even close.

The 20,000 members of Oregon PTA are asking you
to vote "NO" on Measure 61.

We are the largest child advocacy organization in Oregon. We work at the local, state and national levels to support and improve Oregon schools.

We have served as a powerful voice for children for 100 years and today we are asking you to join us in saying "NO" to the poorly designed and ineffective Measure 61.

POOR DESIGN

Measure 61 is inherently flawed and does not give law enforcement the tools they need to be tough enough on those who prey on our children and our senior citizens. It was not even crafted by those who implement our criminal justice system, like law enforcement.

INEFFECTIVE

We know, as you do, that Oregonians are frustrated that too few criminals are committing too many of the crimes. We all know that repeat offenders cause the majority of the crime, yet Measure 61 does nothing to break the cycle of crime.

According to the Oregon Department of Corrections, of property criminals in jail, 85% have drug and alcohol problems. Since that is true, it's just common sense that we have to require treatment—or give longer sentences until treatment is successful—if we want to break the cycle.

Measure 61 has no such requirements,
and that just isn't good enough—not even close.

When it comes to protecting our kids and
protecting our neighborhoods,
Measure 61 just won't get the job done.

OREGON PTA SAYS VOTE "NO"

Anita Olsen, President
Oregon PTA

(This information furnished by Anita Olsen, Oregon PTA.)


Argument in Opposition

AARP Oregon urges Oregonians to
vote "No" on Measure 61

AARP Oregon strongly supports ensuring safe, livable communities. However, AARP urges a "NO" vote on Measure 61 because:

Measure 61 doesn't do anything
to break the cycle of crime

This measure does nothing to actually stop repeat offenders and break the cycle of crime. Oregonians are frustrated that too few criminals are committing too many of the offenses. We need a smarter, more cost-effective approach – this measure is not that better, smarter way.

Measure 61 isn't an efficient use of limited
and crucial taxpayer dollars

It doesn't guarantee results. It doesn't even guarantee where Oregon would the find the money. We shouldn't let good services in our communities get cut to the cover the costs of a bad idea.

Please join AARP Oregon in opposing Measure 61
and supporting Measure 57

AARP Oregon is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as we age, and that includes building safe and more livable communities. Measure 57 – the other crime measure – is the better way to ensure a safer, more secure Oregon; Measure 61 is not.

AARP Oregon
Gerald J. Cohen, State Director

AARP Oregon
Ray Miao, State Volunteer President

(This information furnished by Gerald J Cohen, AARP Oregon.)