Criminal Justice

Oregon Death Penalty
4:47 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Death Penalty Repeal

Oregon Department of Corrections

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 4:43 pm

SALEM, Ore. – More than a year ago, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber stunned people by enacting a moratorium on the death penalty. It happened just weeks before the scheduled execution of two-time murderer Gary Haugen. At a hearing Tuesday, lawmakers took up the question of whether to ask voters to repeal the death penalty altogether. But it’s not clear whether that will actually happen.

Dan Bryant knows the unique pain of learning a loved one has been murdered. His mother was stabbed to death by a mentally-ill relative in 1998.

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Mohamud Trial
6:14 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Attorneys Paint Dueling Pictures Of Mohamud

Attorneys laid out opening statements Friday in the trial of a young man accused of a bomb plot. The FBI enacted a sting operation that led to the arrest of Mohamed Mohamud. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports.

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Juvenile Parole
6:22 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Budget Fallout: Juvenile Re-Arrest Rates Spike After Parole Is Cut

Juvenile parole counselor Mel Fundanet meets with a 15-year-old offender and his father.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

We’re starting to see real world fallout from some of the state budget cuts made in last few years. One of the clearest examples in Washington is juvenile parole. Turns out the chief suspect in a recent high profile bar shooting had committed a previous murder – but did not qualify for intensive parole supervision because of cutbacks. One study finds juveniles who don’t receive parole are far more likely to be re-arrested within nine months of their release. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Oregon Prisons
8:06 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Blue Ribbon Panel's Recommendations Include Easing Certain Prison Sentences

Some of Oregon’s voter-approved criminal sentencing laws would get a second look under a series of recommendations approved Monday by a high level commission. It’s part of a package of ideas aimed at slowing the growth of Oregon’s prison population. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Cutting Prison Costs
6:05 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Oregon Governor Pushes Corrections Cost-Cutting

Gov. John Kitzhaber says Oregon can save millions of dollars a year by changing the way the state punishes non-violent criminals.
Credit OPB News

Gov. John Kitzhaber says Oregon can save millions of dollars a year by changing the way the state punishes non-violent criminals. The Democrat has included those savings in his next spending plan. But just how the state would save that much money is not yet clear.

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Zehm Case Sentencing
6:06 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Former Spokane Officer Faces 4 Years In Federal Prison

A former Spokane police officer was taken away in handcuffs Thursday night, more than one year after being convicted, and more than six years after Spokane man Otto Zehm died. Paige Browning reports on Karl F. Thompson Jr.’s sentencing.

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Ore. Juvenile Killers
6:06 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Four Of 'Oregon Five' Juvenile Killers Go Before Parole Board

Sterling Cunio, one of the "Oregon Five."
Oregon Dept. of Corrections

Four years ago we brought you a story about five juvenile killers in Oregon. They received harsher sentences than some adult murderers because of what the state has called a “legal glitch.” Wednesday four of the so-called “Oregon Five” went before the state parole board.

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Juvenile Lifer Barry Massey
4:14 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Wash. Juvenile Lifer Barry Massey Withdraws Clemency Plea

Barry Massey was one of the youngest juvenile killers in the country to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Now, in a rare move, the Washington inmate has withdrawn his plea for clemency.

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Oregon Death Penalty
6:40 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Judge Says Haugen Can Reject Execution Reprieve

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber will likely appeal a decision made Friday that a death row inmate can reject a reprieve. Last fall Kitzhaber issued a temporary moratorium on executions in Oregon just two weeks before two-time murderer Gary Haugen was scheduled to die. Haugen challenged the reprieve in court, saying he wants to be put to death.

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Rainwater Collection
5:55 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Southern Oregon Man Sentenced to Jail Time For Illegal Rainwater Reservoirs

Collecting rainwater can get you in legal trouble in Oregon. A court has sentenced a southern Oregon man to 30 days in jail, and a fine, for maintaining 3 illegal reservoirs on his property. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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