Measure 73

  • Argument in Favor

    Measure 73 does two things as to sentencing:

    • When a person already has been convicted of a major (Class A felony) sex crime, and then is convicted of a second major sex crime, the criminal will be sent to prison for at least 25 years. These are the worst of the sexual predators. We need to keep them behind bars to protect the public.
    • When a person is convicted for the third time of drunken driving, this will be a felony, and the defendant will be required to serve at least 90 days in jail. At present, the third conviction is still a misdemeanor, and there is no required jail time.

    Studies show that, on average, an intoxicated driver has driven in an intoxicated state 80 times before he is caught. This measure finally imposes jail time on a third conviction. We need to make it clear that intoxicated driving is unacceptable.

    There is some cost to government to provide these sentences. But there is a much greater cost to society if we allow the worst of the repeat sex offenders back on the streets at any time. The damage they cause to victims never disappears.

    There is also a great cost to society – and the victims of drunken driving - if we do not hold third-time repeat drunken drivers accountable for their actions.


    (This information furnished by Kevin L. Mannix, Wayne Brady and Jim Thompson, Chief Petitioners.)

    Argument in Favor

    (Measure 73)

    Make Oregon Safer

    The first responsibility of government is to protect its citizens from harm.

    • Measure 73 helps carry out this most important governmental responsibility.
    • Measure 73 will incarcerate repeat serious sex offenders for 25 years.
    • Measure 73 will incarcerate repeat (third conviction) intoxicated drivers for a minimum of 90 days.
    • Measure 73 locks up repeat criminals to protect all of us.

    Victims of Sex Crimes Count

    • The American Medical Association has called sexual assault “the silent violent epidemic.”
    • The harm suffered by victims of sexual assault is potentially catastrophic.
    • Measure 73 puts the worst repeat violent sex offenders behind bars for a long time.
    • Measure 73 holds the offenders accountable and prevents these criminals from hurting more victims.

    Intoxicated Drivers are Dangerous

    • In Oregon, in 2008, 233 traffic fatalities were alcohol or alcohol and drug related. This is 56% of the total Oregon traffic fatalities (416)!
    • Of the 19 children age 0-14 killed in alcohol-involved crashes between 2004 and 2008, 11 (58%) were passengers in a vehicle operated by a driver who had been drinking.
    • On their first and second intoxicated driving convictions, offenders are offered treatment.
    • On their third conviction, it’s time for 90 days in jail; Measure 73 does just that!


    (This information furnished by Tara Lawrence, Executive Director, Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance.)

    Argument in Favor

    Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance Urges You to

    Vote YES on Measure 73

    Measure 73 provides justice to victims of crime and protects society.

    Sexual crimes are among the worst crimes because they injure victims both physically and emotionally. Even if the physical scars are healed, the emotional scars remain for the rest of the victim’s life.

    Important concerns for victims are that other people be protected from the worst of these sexual predators, and that victims not be called in for repeated hearings about whether or not a major sex offender should be released.

    Measure 73 guarantees that a major sex offender who commits a second Class A felony sex crime will serve at least 25 years in prison on the second conviction.

    There is some cost to government in incarcerating these major sex offenders. However, the Criminal Justice Commission has determined that every $1 spent incarcerating such violent criminals saves our society $4 as to the injuries and damages these criminals cause when they are loose.

    We also support the 90-day minimum jail sentence for a third conviction for drunken driving. Drunken drivers are already provided with treatment and opportunities to clean up their acts upon their first and second convictions. Measure 73 simply says that a third conviction requires stronger accountability – at least 90 days in jail – to make clear that drunken driving is deadly and is unacceptable. Eventually, a drunken driver will maim or kill a passenger, occupants of another vehicle, or pedestrians.

    While many things need to be done to reduce drunken driving, by the time of a third conviction, the crime should be a felony with real jail time.

    We want to reduce the number of victims in Oregon. Measure 73 will make a significant difference. Please vote YES ON MEASURE 73.

    Tara Lawrence
    Former Sherman County District Attorney and
    Executive Director, Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance

    (This information furnished by Tara Lawrence, Executive Director, Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance.)

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722