More work is needed to realize the full potential of SQ 780, including ensuring treatment for those grappling with drug addiction and revisiting the felony prison sentences of those punished under crimes that are now misdemeanors
. But we are already seeing hopeful signs that the new approach endorsed by voters in 2016 is bearing fruit.
On appeal by the state, the Court of Appeals reasoned that Section 15-1 creates a two-year statute of limitations for certain misdemeanors
because it provides, in part, that "all misdemeanors
except malicious misdemeanors
, shall be presented or found by the grand jury within two years after the commission of the same." It held that the state had two years to either prosecute the case or issue a warrant, indictment, or presentment that would toll the statute of limitations, and it failed to do so.
He was tried in Montgomery County that time and convicted of a misdemeanor
charge, but the verdict was overturned after a judge declared a mistrial for juror misconduct.
As an aside, this is not the only such anomalous sentencing disparity between misdemeanors
and felonies in Oregon's criminal code.
(62) Today, the vast majority of jurisdictions include some misdemeanors
in their lists of registerable offenses.
(47) While misdemeanors
are seen as minor infractions, (48) felonies are considered serious offenses and can leave a stigma for life.
of mass misdemeanors
. (3) Since the mid-1990s, police departments across
Finding herself in court facing the misdemeanor
charge of driving on a suspended license (another $439.50), Ashley offered to make an $80 payment toward the total.
sit in the shadow of mass incarceration and as a result are often mistakenly assumed to be lenient.
Natapoff's new book on misdemeanors
, Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor
System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal, is an ambitious tapestry of doctrines, journalism, empirical research, and public policy.
Purkart, 50, of the 0-99 block of Andover Lane, was arrested and charged in July with four counts of misdemeanor
A study of firearm homicide and suicide rates in the 10 years after California simultaneously mandated comprehensive background checks (CBC) for nearly all firearm sales and a prohibition on gun purchase and possession via misdemeanor
violence policies (MVP) found no change in the rates of either cause of death from firearms through 2000.