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Measure 26
Certified Ballot Title
November 5, 1996 General Election

AMENDS CONSTITUTION: CHANGES THE PRINCIPLES

THAT GOVERN LAWS FOR PUNISHMENT OF CRIME

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote repeals vindictive justice prohibition, adds responsibility, accountability, societal protection to criminal punishment principles.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote retains constitutional provision basing laws for criminal punishment on reformation, not vindictive justice.

SUMMARY: This measure amends the state constitution. The constitution now provides that laws for the punishment of crime must be based on principles of reformation, and not of vindictive justice. The measure would delete that language. It would insert language stating that laws for the punishment of crime must be based on these principles: protection of society, personal responsibility, accountability for one's actions and reformation.

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