Prison sentences longer in Marion County

  

Prison sentences longer in Marion County

by Hannah Hoffman
 
The district attorney in Marion County sends people to prison for longer periods and more frequently than does the DA in Multnomah County.
 
In 2011, Marion County sent about 33 percent of felons to prison. Multnomah County sent 24 percent to prison.
 
The disparity between the two counties illustrates the quandary facing the Joint Committee on Public Safety: Prison use doesn’t correlate directly with crime, instead it’s with money, local programs and culture.
 
Gov. John Kitzhaber has asked the committee to pass legislation that will slow the growth of Oregon’s prisons and save $600 million during the next decade. But to do that, it has to understand why counties send people to prison, and why they don’t.
 
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