In an effort to clean up the streets of Portland, reports say that police officers have been wrongfully charging some citizens with crimes. Under a new initiative -- called the Chronic Offender Pilot Program -- people were subject to Class A misdemeanor charges if they were caught littering, drinking from an open container or urinating in public. Under the program, officers would give written warnings for the first offense, then place someone under arrest for interfering with an officer for a second offense.
With the second arrest, people would be taken to jail and could attend treatment or perform community service if found guilty. By completing one of these requirements, officials say, the charges would be dismissed. However, if they failed to complete these terms, the person charged could spend up to five days in jail.