Tight money prevents some Oregon prosecutions

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Many Oregon prosecutors say tight money has forced them to stop prosecuting dozens of illegal acts as crimes.The Oregonian reports that Multnomah County is treating many minor crimes — such as being caught with small amounts of drugs or minor shoplifting — as violations where a perpetrator can pay a fine and go free. District Attorney Mike Schrunk says he’s had no choice because his office doesn’t have the funds.Some counties like Washington and Linn have public safety levies or timber money that allow prosecutors to pursue more cases. But other district attorneys say it’s difficult to get voters to approve levies, and they have had to do more with less.Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.comlast_img

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