ORS 137.683¹
Racial and ethnic impact statements for proposed legislation
  • rules

(1) As used in this section, “criminal offender population” means all persons who are convicted of a crime or adjudicated for an act that, if committed by an adult, would constitute a crime.

(2)(a) Upon written request from a member of the Legislative Assembly from each major political party, the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission shall prepare a racial and ethnic impact statement on proposed legislation that is related to crime and likely to have an effect on the criminal justice system.

(b) The statement shall describe the effects of the proposed legislation on the racial and ethnic composition of the criminal offender population.

(3) A racial and ethnic impact statement must be impartial, simple and understandable and must include, for racial and ethnic groups for which data are available, the following:

(a) An estimate of how the proposed legislation would change the racial and ethnic composition of those likely to be convicted of a criminal offense created or modified by the proposed legislation;

(b) An estimate of the average length of incarceration that each racial and ethnic composition group receives as a sentence, if applicable;

(c) A statement of the methodologies and assumptions used in preparing the estimate; and

(d) An estimate of the racial and ethnic composition of the crime victims who may be affected by the proposed legislation.

(4) The commission shall adopt rules to carry out the provisions of this section. [2017 c.614 §2]

Note: 137.683 (Racial and ethnic impact statements for proposed legislation) and 137.685 (Racial and ethnic impact statements for state measures) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 137 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 137—Judgment and Execution; Parole and Probation by the Court, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors137.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information