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Judge halts parole board hearings for juvenile offenders commuted by governor

Gov. Kate Brown has surpassed her predecessors, John Kitzhaber and Ted Kulongoski, in using her broad clemency authority. Brown said she is using her power as it was intended: to correct injustice, which includes not only reviewing what she sees as harsh sentences in old juvenile cases but also addressing the overrepresentation of Black and Latino people in Oregon’s prisons. February 3, 2022 Beth Nakamura/StaffThe Oregonian

A state judge on Tuesday directed the Oregon parole board not to hold hearings for a group of juvenile offenders whose sentences were commuted last year by Gov. Kate Brown.

Marion County Circuit Judge David Leith’s ruling came amid a legal challenge to the governor’s commutation authority.

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