Proposed Bill Would Mandate Life Sentence For Some Sex Offenders

By Jim McCoy Mon 3rd February NewsOregon legislatureSB 1517sex offenders
A proposed bill would require life sentences without parole for some of Oregon's worst sex offenders. The Salem Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/1foJIqk ) the bill targets "predatory" offenders, those deemed highly likely to abuse children again. It would apply even to some first-time offenders. Oregon law allows a life sentence for some repeat sex offenders, but it isn't mandatory. Senate President Peter Courtney is the bill's sponsor. Courtney says he doesn't know if it will even get a hearing in the five-week legislative session that began Monday. But he said it's an important conversation to have. The bill applies to three crimes - first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual penetration. It sets specific criteria for which defendants would face life terms. The measure is SB 1517.

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