Most Oregon residents understand that murder charges are serious. People know that murder charges are often accompanied by the most severe penalties. However, people may not realize that they are subject to Measure 11 sentencing rules.
In Oregon, Measure 11 requires that certain crimes have certain required penalties. Measure 11 crimes are reserved for the most serious of violent crimes in our society. Murder is included. Therefore, under Measure 11, if a person is convicted of murder, the person will face serious mandatory penalties. A judge will have little or no ability to take extenuating circumstances into account in order to reduce the penalties. Additionally, the penalty will not be reduced for good behavior and early parole is not an option.