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New Oregon Law Means Life Sentences For 2nd Strike Sex Offenders


Tall concrete walls with guard towers surround the Oregon State Penitentiary, the state's only maximum-security prison, along State Street in Salem.

Tall concrete walls with guard towers surround the Oregon State Penitentiary, the state's only maximum-security prison, along State Street in Salem.

Danielle Peterson/Statesman Journal

Repeat rapists and certain sex offenders can now be given a “two strikes and you’re out” ticket to life in prison under a bill recently passed by the Oregon Legislature. 

Senate Bill 1050 imposes presumptive sentences for those convicted of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy or first-degree unlawful sexual penetration if the defendant has been previously convicted of those crimes or an equivalent federal offense.

It also gives judges latitude to impose lighter sentences based on “substantial and compelling reasons.”

The bill handily passed the Oregon Senate 30-0 and the House with a 58-0 vote.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

 

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