To pay for prisons, Oregon might release some prisoners
Faced with a $78 million hole in the state public safety budget, lawmakers are proposing to save money by delaying a voter-approved measure requiring longer sentences for property thieves. Also, they want to release prisoners early for good behavior and ease penalties for people caught with small amounts of drugs.
Lawmakers have spent months negotiating how Oregon might hold down prison costs while honoring the intent of voters who last year endorsed Measure 57, which slapped tougher sentences on property and drug crimes.
I'm positive that in the months of negotiations they discussed firing the Department of Corrections Cultural Awareness and Diversity administrator Carolyn Schnoor until they realized that the threat to public safety was just too great.
I can't explain what the specific threat might be because she is the only administrator on the org chart that doesn't have defined duties.
I'm also positive that since our lawmakers were sooo thorough that they did consider turning off the cable tv or taking away the prison recreational activities like:
Numerous board games and other indoor activities (cards, chess, etc.)
Current-run movies are shown nightly
And I'm so glad that our crack reporters at the Fishwrapper can't bother to question these things but just blindly accept the fact that our legislators want to ignore the will of the voters and spit in the face of public safety.