Oregon Senator, Doug Whitsett, exposes smoke and mirror savings in 3194 A (pathway for early release of dangerous sexual criminals) and the bait and switch as the Dems budget redirects the money from community corrections to other stuff.
Read his latest newsletter here. Ask yourself, will you feel safer after such a bill passes?
"We ultimately need our criminal justice system to meet its intended purpose of keeping our streets safe by functioning in the most cost-effective way possible. Allocating the projected savings resulting from HB 3194-A to Community Corrections will serve that purpose.
Currently, the Co-Chairs are planning to use about $38 million of those funds for other purposes. I believe their proposed action would be a huge disservice to Oregonians. Reducing funding to Community Corrections will only serve to weaken our very important criminal justice system. We must do everything we can to ensure that does not happen.
Please remember--if we do not stand up for rural Oregon, no one will."
Senator Doug Whitsett