2017 ORS 144.079¹
Determination of total term of certain consecutive sentences of imprisonment
  • summing of sentences
  • exceptions

(1)(a) If a prisoner is sentenced to terms of imprisonment that are consecutive to one another and result from crimes committed during the period before the prisoner’s first initial parole hearing, or if a prisoner is sentenced to terms of imprisonment that are consecutive to one another and result from crimes committed during the period between any two initial parole hearings, the total term resulting from the crimes committed during each such separate period shall be determined by the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision as follows, except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, and the total terms so determined shall then be summed as provided in ORS 144.783 (Duration of term of imprisonment when prisoner is sentenced to consecutive terms) (1):

(A) First, the board shall establish the appropriate range for the felony determined by the board, according to its rules, to be the most serious of the felonies committed during the period. If two or more felonies are determined to be equally the most serious, the board shall establish the appropriate range under this paragraph only for one of those felonies.

(B) Second, the board shall establish a range for each of the remaining felonies committed during the same period. For purposes of establishing the ranges for the remaining felonies under this paragraph, the board shall not consider prior criminal history.

(C) Third, the board shall determine the total range applicable in the offender’s case for crimes committed during the same period by summing the ranges established under subparagraph (B) of this paragraph with the range established under subparagraph (A) of this paragraph and shall determine an appropriate term within that range.

(D) Finally, the board shall vary the term determined under subparagraph (C) of this paragraph according to rules established under ORS 144.785 (Rules on duration of prison terms when aggravating or mitigating circumstances exist) (1), if the board finds aggravating or mitigating factors in the case. The board shall consider as an aggravating factor the fact that the prisoner has been sentenced to consecutive terms of imprisonment.

(b) Whenever a prisoner is committed to the custody of the Department of Corrections for a crime that was committed during a period already considered at an initial parole hearing and upon a sentence consecutive to any sentence imposed for crimes committed during that period, the board shall conduct a hearing to consider the previously unconsidered crime. The hearing shall be a hearing supplemental to the original initial hearing concerning crimes committed during the period. Time limitations and other procedural provisions applicable to initial hearings shall apply to a supplemental hearing under this subsection. Upon conclusion of the supplemental hearing, the board shall redetermine the appropriate total term for the period. The redetermination shall be conducted de novo under the provisions of subsection (2) of this section.

(2) The method established by this section for determining, where applicable, the total term resulting from the summing of consecutive sentences shall apply only if none of the crimes involved is:

(a) Murder, as defined in ORS 163.115 (Murder) or any aggravated form thereof;

(b) Assault in the first degree, as defined in ORS 163.185 (Assault in the first degree);

(c) Kidnapping in the first degree, as defined in ORS 163.235 (Kidnapping in the first degree);

(d) Rape in the first degree, as defined in ORS 163.375 (Rape in the first degree);

(e) Sodomy in the first degree, as defined in ORS 163.405 (Sodomy in the first degree);

(f) Unlawful sexual penetration, as defined in ORS 163.411 (Unlawful sexual penetration in the first degree);

(g) Arson in the first degree, as defined in ORS 164.325 (Arson in the first degree); or

(h) Treason, as defined in ORS 166.005 (Treason).

(3) The duration of imprisonment pursuant to consecutive sentences may be less than the sum of the terms under subsection (1) of this section if the board finds, by affirmative vote of a majority of three board members or, if the chairperson requires all voting members to participate, a majority of all voting members, that consecutive sentences are not appropriate penalties for the criminal offenses involved and that the combined terms of imprisonment are not necessary to protect community security.

(4) The board shall use the method set forth in subsections (1) to (3) of this section to determine the parole release date for any person serving a sentence in the custody of the Department of Corrections for crimes committed before or after July 11, 1987. [1987 c.634 §§4,7; 1989 c.641 §1; 1991 c.126 §4; 1991 c.386 §7; 2015 c.820 §42]

Note: 144.079 (Determination of total term of certain consecutive sentences of imprisonment) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 144 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Notes of Decisions

Where defendant was convicted of first de­gree rape, first de­gree sodomy and two counts of sexual abuse, part of his consecutive sen­tence was imposed for crime listed in this sec­tion and aggrava­tion factor for consecutive sen­tences did not apply. Plane v. Board of Parole, 114 Or App 60, 834 P2d 549 (1992)

Determina­tion of release eligibility date using summed-range method rather than principal- and base-range method for listed crimes committed prior to statute enact­ment date violates United States constitu­tional pro­hi­bi­­tion against ex post facto laws. Nulph v. Faatz, 27 F3d 451 (9th Cir. 1994)

Law Review Cita­tions

55 OLR 303-347 (1976)

Chapter 144

Notes of Decisions

Under rules of State Board of Parole, board could not in determining history/risk score, consider juvenile adjudica­tions that had been expunged pursuant to [former] ORS 419.800 to 419.839, even if prisoner admits to board that they occurred. West v. Board of Parole, 86 Or App 616, 739 P2d 1096 (1987)

Law Review Cita­tions

53 OLR 32, 67-79 (1973)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 144—Prison Supervision; Work Release; Executive Clemency; Standards for Prison Terms and Parole; Presentence Reports, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors144.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 144, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano144.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
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.