Governor Kitzhaber today released the following statement as the Oregon Senate passed House Bill 3194, a bill to improve Oregon's public safety system.
"I commend the Senate for its bipartisan passage of comprehensive public safety reform," said Governor Kitzhaber. "The bill is consistent with the goals I set for the Commission on Public Safety and will help the state hold prison beds flat for at least the next five years, generate savings of almost $17 million this biennium, and allow for reinvestment in community corrections and local public safety priorities that are our best hope to reduce corrections costs over the long term. I look forward to signing this important legislation. I want to thank the many people and groups who gave their time and expertise to passing reforms that are good for Oregon now and over the long term."