Ore. House passes public safety package

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Associated Press

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 7:29 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon House has passed a package of pared-down criminal sentencing changes that is projected to curb state prison population growth over the next five years.

The House advanced the bill 40-18 on Thursday. It now goes to the Senate.

Among other changes, the bill would reduce sentences established in 2008 for certain drug and property crimes. The bill's sponsors say the policy changes are expected to save the state $326 million in corrections costs in the next 10 years.

The bill makes modest reforms compared with an initial draft that called for repealing mandatory minimum sentences for three violent crimes.

The bill was scaled back to gain the support of the state's district attorneys, sheriffs and police chiefs.

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