Crime Victims United of Oregon
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Poll Shows Voter Opposition to Legislation
CVU Critiques Public Safety Commission Report
CVU Sends Letter to Commission on Public Safety
CVU Analyzes August Commission on Public Safety Meeting
Open Letter to Greg Macpherson on Budget Priorities
CVU Responds to Macpherson Op Ed
CVU Analysis of 2011 Pew Report on "Recidivism"
CVU Updates Measure 11 Presentation
Crime Victims United Responds to Criminal Justice Commission Draft Report on Measure 11
Crime Victims United Sends Letter to Candidates Challenging Corrections Myths
Governor Kulongoski Paints Misleading Picture of Corrections
Steve Doell Receives National Victim Advocate Award
CVU Calls For Repeal of Extra Earned Time
CVU Release Fourth Report on Multnomah County Juvenile Services
Oregonian Distorts Measure 11 Again
Oregon Supreme Court Overturns Two Measure 11 Sentences
CVU Responds to Op Ed on Legislature's Criminal Justice System Changes
CVU Sponsors Hearing On Probation With Enforcement
CVU Issues Third Report on Multnomah County Juvenile Services
CVU Responds To Multnomah Community Corrections
Report Scrutinizes Multnomah County Juvenile Services
Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Enforceable Victims' Rights
Pew Report Sparks Debate on Corrections
MADD Memorial Garden Dedicated
HB 2740 Passes - Aggravated Vehicular Homicide Bill
Status Report on Oregon Legislature - June 9, 2007
Oregonian Publishes Biased Article on Measure 11, Prisons, Budget
Memo to Legislature: What have we received for all this prison construction?
Status Report on Oregon Legislature - April 9, 2007
Linsday Family Testifies on Post-Conviction Relief Abuse
CVU Testifies on Contribution of Prisons to Public Safety
CVU November 2006 General Election Endorsements
CVU Releases Position Paper on "Alternative Incarceration Program"
CVU Co-sponsors Seminar With Samenow, Jentz
Author Recounts Brutal Oregon Crime, Struggle To Make Sense Of It
CVU Responds to Gubernatorial Candidate's Measure 11 Myths
CVU May 2006 Primary Election Endorsements
Pratts Receive DUII Advocate of the Year Award
Author Tours Oregon With CVU Co-founder
Spammers Fraudulently Use CVU Address
Jessica's Law Becomes Oregon Law
Corvallis Case Raises Sentencing Issues
CVU President Responds to Op Ed on Corrections
Rhetorical Battles Break Out in Register-Guard
Talented Artist Survives Murder Attempt
Oregon Crime Victims' Rights Compliance Project Underway
Letter to Senator Brown Asks For Vote on House Bill 2828
Governor Signs Resolution Honoring CVU Co-founder Bob Kouns
Virus Uses CVU Email and Web Addresses
Oregon House Honors CVU Co-founder Bob Kouns
Senate Committee Hears Testimony on Increased Earned Time Bill
Portland Police Officers Association Runs Article on CVU
A Look at 10 Years of Measure 11
Who are Western Prison Project and Related Groups?
Crime Victims United Responds to Article on DOC Budget and Measure 11
Crime Victims United Responds to Paper On Measure 11
Victim, Author, Friend - Terri Jentz Remembers Bob Kouns
Memorial Reception For Bob Kouns
Bob Kouns, Crime Victims United Co-Founder, Passes Away
Facts and Figures On Oregon Violent Crime and Measure 11
Marie Armstrong and Anne Pratt Speak on DUII At Pioneer Pacific College
CVU November Meeting Moves To Eugene
Senate Bill 421 - Brian's Bill - Increases Consequences for Intoxicated Drivers Who Kill
House Bill 2900 Passes - Adds Fines For Refusing Breath Test
Crime Victims United Rebuts Oregonian Article On Measure 11
Voters Polled On Earned Time
Victims' Rights Week Event Honors CVU Founders
CVU Joins Legislators and Advocates To Combat DUII Deaths
Project Safe Neighborhoods Targets Oregon Gun Violence
Hearing Lays Out Budget Impact on Public Safety
Driver Who Killed 12-Year Old Katie Lovelace Is Released
CVU President Sends Letter to Members and Supporters
CVU President Sends Letter to Candidates
CVU Releases Report on Crime, Corrections and Prison Construction
What is "Crime Victims for Justice"?
Mother Appeals For Help To Stop Early Release
Murderer Released After Appeals Court Ruling
CVU Challenges Funding of Death Penalty Conference
Oregon Crime Victims' Assistance Department Seeks Victims' Input
PSU Runs DOJ Survey on Victim Needs
DOC Opens Victim Notification System
CVU Helps Pass House Bill 2379
House Hears Testimony on Governor's Proposed Measure 11 Overhaul
Coalition Fights For Oregon Youth Authority Budget
Oregon Voters Reject Measure 94
Recap of the Measure 94 Campaign
Parents Of Murdered Children Unveils Billboard
To promote a more balanced justice system through legislative action and public awareness.
Crime Victims United was founded in 1983 to advance the rights of crime victims and enhance the safety of all law-abiding Oregonians by addressing problems in Oregon's criminal justice system. Through the tireless efforts of many volunteers, most of them victims of violent crime, much progress has been made toward fulfilling our mission.
Laws for the punishment of crime shall be founded on these principles: protection of society, personal responsibility, accountability for one's actions, and reformation.
This statement, from the Constitution of the State of Oregon, summarizes the philosophy of Crime Victims United. It was proposed by Crime Victims United founders Bob and Dee Dee Kouns, and was made part of the Oregon Constitution in 1996 when voters overwhelmingly approved Measure 26.
Crime Victims United was founded in 1983 by members of Parents of Murdered Children. The founders set out to address deep flaws in Oregon's criminal justice system - flaws which they experienced firsthand in the aftermath of violent crime. For example, victims were routinely excluded from the court during trials without good reason. It was commonplace for murderers to be sentenced to life in prison and to serve 8 years or less.
Over the ensuing decades, Crime Victims United has worked with the Oregon Legislature on laws to protect the rights of crime victims and raise the priority of public safety.
In 1995 we joined partners across the state in crafting Senate Bill 1, which, responding to escalating and out-of-control juvenile crime, totally revamped the juvenile justice system and created the Oregon Youth Authority.
In 1997 we conceived and sponsored Senate Bill 614, which completely revised Oregon's child abuse and murder statutes. In 1997 we sponsored Senate Bill 1049 and in 2002 we sponsored House Bill 2379, which gave judges discretion in certain Measure 11 cases. These are but a few examples from nearly three decades of working closely with the Oregon Legislature.
In instances where legislative initiatives failed, we have submitted our ideas to Oregon voters. Crime Victims United sponsored or campaigned for Measure 8 (victims' rights) in 1984, Measure 10 (victims' rights) in 1986, Measures 10 (preservation of sentences), 11 (sentencing for violent crimes) and 17 (work for inmates) in 1994, Measures 26 (foundation of criminal justice) and 40 (constitutional victims' rights) in 1996, and Measures 69 through 75 (constitutional victims' rights) in 1999. In 2000 we led the opposition to Measure 94, the initiative to repeal Measure 11. In 2008 we were instrumental in the passage of Measures 51 and 52 which made crime victims' constitutional rights enforceable.
Members of Crime Victims United have worked with government for two decades to ensure that public safety and the rights of victims receive due consideration. We have served on the Sentencing Guidelines Task Force, the Oregon Youth Authority Executive Advisory Board, the Governor's Task Force on Juvenile Crime, the Attorney General's Task Force on Restitution, the Project Safe Neighborhoods Executive Committee, the Governor's Advisory Council on DUII, and in many other capacities.
Crime Victims United has also worked with hundreds of individual victims, helping them navigate through the bureaucracy to find justice in the criminal justice system.
In 1997 founders Bob and Dee Dee Kouns retired after devoting 14 years to the organization. Current President Steve Doell joined Crime Victims United in 1993 after witnessing how the criminal justice system dealt with the violent youth who murdered his 12-year old daughter, Lisa Doell.
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