Documentary screening and panel discussion on the impact of Oregon's mandatory minimum sentencing law, Measure 11, on youth.
Co-presented with the Northwest Film Center.
- Stephen Fowler
- Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia
- Kasia Rutledge
- Noah Schultz
- Bobbin Singh (Moderator)
- Robert White
In 1994, Oregon voters approved Ballot Measure 11, a mandatory minimum sentencing law that came into force in 1995. Anyone convicted under the law has to serve the whole of their sentence, with no reduction for good behavior. Under Measure 11, children as young as 15 can be tried, convicted, and sentenced as though they were adults. Today, Oregon incarcerates young people at a higher rate than almost every other state in the country, and our state has the second highest rate of transfers of young people to adult court in the nation.
In 2009, at 17 years old, Noah Schultz was arrested for attempted murder, sentenced under Measure 11, and incarcerated for seven years.
Pushed to better himself and challenge perceptions of what it means to be an inmate, Noah took full advantage of rehabilitation programs, workshops, and educational services.
With determination and spirit he has gone from gang member, drug dealer, and prisoner, to college graduate, author, and TEDx speaker.
Building on his success, he continues to advocate for programs in youth correctional facilities, and hopes to achieve reform of our nation’s prison systems.