Commentary: DA: Commutations hit home in Linn County
November 17, 2021
By Doug Marteeny
Statewide, since the onset of COVID-19, Gov. Kate Brown has commuted nearly 1,000 felons back into our communities, 54 in Linn County alone.
Releasing felons at this rate has de facto created a new sentencing scheme. Under this new scheme, many of the careful deliberate decisions of our local juries and judges are presented to the sentencing Caesar in Salem (Gov. Brown) who raises or lowers her commutation thumb determining whether our communities will be condemned to more crime.
Recently, repeat offender Pablo Francisco, was driving 50 mph in a 25 mph neighborhood,...