(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today released the following statement as the Oregon Senate passed House Bill 3194, a bill to improve Oregon’s public safety system.
“I commend the Senate for its bipartisan passage of comprehensive public safety reform,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “The bill is consistent with the goals I set for the Commission on Public Safety and will help the state hold prison beds flat for at least the next five years, generate savings of almost $17 million this biennium, and allow for reinvestment in community corrections and local public safety priorities that are our best hope to reduce corrections costs over the long term. I look forward to signing this important legislation. I want to thank the many people and groups who gave their time and expertise to passing reforms that are good for Oregon now and over the long term.”
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324