Measure 94 Quick Facts


Measure 94 repeals Measure 11 and goes back to the sentencing system in effect from November, 1989 through March, 1995.

Measure 94 slashes sentences for robbery, assault, kidnapping, sex abuse, rape, manslaughter, attempted murder and murder.

Under the Measure 94 sentencing system, it was common for rapists to serve less than three years and for murderers to serve just 8 years in prison.

Measure 94 requires that 3300 violent criminals and sex offenders be resentenced under lenient guidelines.

The Oregon Criminal Justice Commission estimates that 800 of these criminals would be released from prison within 90 days of the election.

Measure 94 requires that all juveniles sentenced under Measure 11, approximately 360 youth convicted of violent and sex offenses, go back to juvenile court for a hearing to determine if they should be retried in juvenile court. If the juvenile court judge rules that they should be retried, even if found guilty again, they must be released at age 21, even if their crime was murder.

Measure 94 proponents are making many blatant misrepresentations:

Shoplifting, drug offenses, stealing a bicycle, and minor fistfights are not Measure 11 offenses. Measure 11 covers robbery, serious assaults, kidnapping, sex abuse, rape, manslaughter, attempted murder and murder.

Youth sentenced under Measure 11 are not sent to adult prison. They are sent to the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) where they can stay until age 25 if they want to stay. At OYA, they receive education, counseling and treatment.

Measure 94 does not let judges choose a sentence that fits the crime. In fact, it handcuffs them. In a sentencing involving a murderer with no prior serious convictions, in most cases the range of sentences available to the judge under Measure 94 starts at 10 years and ends at 10 years and one month. After "good time", they serve just 8 years.

Since Measure 11's passage in 1994:

The number of juvenile arrests in Oregon is down by 33% - there are 1500 fewer juvenile arrests per year. (Source: OYA report)

The number of robberies, assaults, rapes and murders in Portland alone is down by 2500 per year. (Source: Portland STACS report)

The number of crimes against persons in Oregon is down by 10,000 per year. (Source: Oregon Law Enforcement Agencies Report of Criminal Offenses and Arrests.)

The cost of Measure 11 has been far less than predicted in 1994 voter's pamphlet, when voters approved Measure 11 by a two-thirds majority. Measure 11 costs 1% of the state's budget, about $15 for every Oregonian. And this does not take into account savings from reduced crime.

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