New state bill will reduce sentences for certain crimes

SALEM, Ore. — Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed a bill he hopes will curb the state's prison population.

Kitzhaber signed the measure during a ceremony in his office Thursday, flanked by district attorneys and sheriffs.

Among other things, the measure reduces sentences for certain drug and property crimes and driving with a suspended license. It's projected to keep the prison population flat for about five years.

Kitzhaber sought to limit prison growth for a decade, but he made concessions to win support from the law-enforcement community.

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