Oregon Measure 112: Voters Will Remove The State Constitution’s Jail Slavery Wording

Oregon Measure 112: Oregon Measure 112, also known as the Remove Slavery as Punishment for Crime from Constitution Amendment, would eliminate the provision in the Constitution that permits slavery to be used as “a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.” This provision is currently referred to as the “slavery exception.”

In its place, it would add the following language to the statute: “Upon conviction of a crime, an Oregon court or a probation or parole agency may order the convicted person to engage in education, counseling, treatment, community service, or other alternatives to incarceration, as part of sentencing for the crime, in accordance with programs that have been in place historically or that may be developed in the future to provide accountability, reformation, protection of society, or rehabilitative services.” This provision would apply to programs that

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The following is an excerpt from an analysis of the proposal that was conducted by the Secretary of State: “The measure does not need extra state government income or expenditures; nonetheless, the impact of the measure will rely on prospective legal action or changes to inmate labor programs.”

Both support and opposition are needed.
The campaign in favor of the proposal is being led by Oregonians Against Slavery & Involuntary Servitude (Oregonians Against Slavery). The exemption for slavery, according to proponents, has had a significant impact on underrepresented communities.

Oregon Measure 112 Voters Will Remove The State Constitution's Jail Slavery Wording
Oregon Measure 112 Voters Will Remove The State Constitution’s Jail Slavery Wording

The Policy Director On Oregon Measure 112

According to Zach Winston, who serves as the policy director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, “although the slavery exception was created over 160 years ago, the impact is still disproportionately felt today by the BIPOC populations.”

According to Ballotpedia, there is no organized campaign opposing the initiative, but the Oregon Department of Corrections claims that the bill misleads the public about what goes on inside the jails in the state.

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According to OPB, Rob Persson, assistant director of operations for the Oregon Department of Corrections, stated to lawmakers, “DOC realizes that compelled prison work is frequently regarded as modern-day slavery.” “DOC believes that perception is inaccurate, at least with respect to the manner in which individuals incarcerated in Oregon’s prisons are engaged in prison work programs,”

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