The Oregonian editorial board supports juvenile justice reform.

Posted on: April 28th, 2019 by denny | Posted in News |

Today, The Oregonian published an editorial encouraging the Oregon House of Representatives to adopt substantial reform of the juvenile justice system by passing SB 1008.

Senate Bill 1008, which was recently passed by a super-majority of the state senate, would require judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether juveniles should be tried in adult court for serious offenses.  The bill would also eliminate the sentence of life without parole for juvenile offenders, enhance the potential for early release juvenile offenders, and reduce the number of juvenile offenders transferred to adult prisons.

The House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on the bill on April 24, 2019 but, at this time, no further hearings are scheduled.