Clackamas County DA sues state over sentence-cutting law

The law, which aims to reduce prison sentencing, is scheduled to take effect in January

House Bill 3708 is a part of an effort to reduce prison population. Clackamas County DA John Foote said it's no time to reduce sentences (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote is suing the state in the hopes of stopping a new law that will cut and modify sentences for eligible property thieves.

The law is part of a wider effort to reduce prison population.

House Bill 3708 is a part of an effort to reduce prison population. Clackamas County DA John Foote said it’s no time to reduce sentences (KOIN)

“We’re in an epidemic,” Foote said. “And this is no time to be reducing sentences for repeat property criminals.”

The law would shorted sentences for some identity theft and first degree theft, especially women serviing time for non-violent property crimes, ID theft.

Foote, who is spearheading the lawsuit along with 2 crime victims, is arguing that the state legislature passed House Bill 3708 — The Family Sentencing Alternative Pilot Program — with less than 2/3 majority vote, which Foote said would not comply with the state’s constitution.

He said property thieves need more time behind bars, not less.

The sentencing changes are scheduled to take place in June after they were singed into law on Aug. 8.

You can read more about the enrolled bill here.