Youth Justice Reform: Senate Bill 1008 (2019)
Oregon Senate Bill 1008 was signed into law by Governor Kate brown on July 22, 2019. The bill makes sweeping changes to policies and practices put into place by Measure 11 in 1994.
SB 1008 changes how Measure 11 cases are handled for youth, and gives decision-making power back to judges who can assess risk and protective factors. SB 1008 removes the requirement that youth ages 15, 16 & 17 charged with certain criminal offenses be automatically waived to adult court. Prosecutors wishing to charge a youth as an adult must file a motion for a waiver hearing.
The bill was supported broadly by individuals in and organizations in the juvenile justice community. Supporters include: Oregon Youth Authority, Oregon Department of Corrections, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, Equal Justice Initiative, ACLU, Youth, Rights & Justice, county juvenile directors, numerous judges, attorneys, and advocacy organizations.
A special thank you to the late Senator Jackie Winters for being a strong champion and catalyst for change.
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