Certified Ballot Title
November 5, 1996 General Election
RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote repeals
vindictive justice prohibition, adds responsibility, accountability,
societal protection to criminal punishment principles.
RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote retains
constitutional provision basing laws for criminal punishment on
reformation, not vindictive justice.
SUMMARY: This measure amends the state constitution. The
constitution now provides that laws for the punishment of crime
must be based on principles of reformation, and not of vindictive
justice. The measure would delete that language. It would insert
language stating that laws for the punishment of crime must be
based on these principles: protection of society, personal responsibility,
accountability for one's actions and reformation.