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News:

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


Mission:

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.

Philosophy:

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.

History:

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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