Oregon appeals court finds part of juvenile sentencing law unconstitutional

The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that the state is violating the U.S. Constitution when it sentences juvenile offenders to life in prison without considering their youth. Source: Oregon appeals court finds part of juvenile sentencing law unconstitutional

Governor creates advisory board to tackle Oregon foster care crisis

Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Thursday establishing an oversight board for Oregon’s troubled foster care system, which has drawn heavy criticism and is the subject of a federal lawsuit alleging abuse and neglect of children in state care. Source: Governor creates advisory board to tackle Oregon foster care crisis

Lane County outlines safety plans for deadly corridor

Lane County outlined Thursday the immediate and future steps it plans to take to improve safety on a busy corridor where a woman was struck and killed by a car four months ago. Source: Lane County outlines safety plans for deadly corridor

Gov. Kate Brown Issues Executive Order Aimed At Improving Child Welfare System

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Thursday establishing a Child Welfare Oversight Board charged with improving the state’s beleaguered child welfare system. Source: Gov. Kate Brown Issues Executive Order Aimed At Improving Child Welfare System

Opinion: Give young Oregonians a voice at polls

Sunset alumna and PSU student Alexandria Goddard says lowering the voting age to 16 makes sense. Source: Opinion: Give young Oregonians a voice at polls

Governor promises substantial change to child welfare system

Gov. Kate Brown is taking another whack at reforming Oregon’s beleaguered foster care system. Brown announced Thursday, April 18, that she was creating a special board to oversee child welfare issues and ensure that reforms are enacted. Source: Governor promises substantial change to child welfare system

What Can Louisiana Teach Oregonians About Banning Split-Jury Convictions?

When recent Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jim Mustian visited Portland for a story last year, the issue of split-jury convictions wasn’t on most Oregonians’ radar. Source: What Can Louisiana Teach Oregonians About Banning Split-Jury Convictions?

Juvenile offenders would catch a break under Measure 11 reform

By a single vote, the Oregon Senate supported a change to voter-approved Measure 11 to go . easier on violent juvenile offenders. The legislation now goes to the House. Source: Juvenile offenders would catch a break under Measure 11 reform | Malheur Enterprise

Outdoor festival permit bill passes Oregon House

Counties could require permits for outdoor mass gatherings to ensure they don’t interfere with agriculture under a bill unanimously passed April 16 by the Oregon House. Source: Outdoor festival permit bill passes Oregon House

My View: Let voters decide who gets driver’s license

Responsible citizens should step forward, defend government by the people, and demand that the Legislature refer House Bill 2015 to a vote of rank-and-file Oregonians. Source: My View: Let voters decide who gets driver’s license