Public Attitudes on Crime and Punishment in Oregon

Public Attitudes on Crime and Punishment in Oregon

When asked about crime and punishment, Oregon voters strongly support policies that get results. They want evidence of the public safety impact of state policies and they want a solid taxpayer return-on-investment.

As part of the Public Safety Performance Project's work with states to improve public safety and control corrections costs, we collaborated with two of the nation's leading polling firms, The Mellman Group and Public Opinion Strategies, to explore public opinion on sentencing and corrections issues in Oregon.

Key Takeaways

  • Oregon voters have little awareness of the state's crime decline or the size of the corrections budget.  
  • Voters want corrections dollars to produce public safety results.
  • Voters prefer prison spending cuts to cutting funding for other programs or tax increases.
  • Voters demonstrate broad support for specific policies that reduce prison populations and spending.

States of Innovation

The front facade of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, DC.

Agenda for America

A collection of resources to help federal, state, and local decision-makers set an achievable agenda for all Americans

Quick View

Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest. In the coming months, President Joe Biden and the 117th Congress will tackle a number of environmental, health, public safety, and fiscal and economic issues—nearly all of them complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help solve specific, systemic problems in a nonpartisan fashion, Pew has compiled a series of briefings and recommendations based on our research, technical assistance, and advocacy work across America.