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Juvenile offenders would catch a break under Measure 11 reform

Senators Floyd Prozanski and Jackie Winters embrace after Senate Bill 1008 passes. The two carried the bill on the Senate floor. (Aubrey Wieber/Salem Reporter)

Juveniles charged with certain violent crimes could get a second chance under a reform to Measure 11 passed by the Senate Tuesday on the slimmest of margins.

If Senate Bill 1008 were to win two-thirds support in the House as it did in the Senate, it would allow more flexibility in dealing with juvenile offenders.

The policy would allow a judge to decide whether teens aged 15 to 18 are charged as an adult for a violent crime. Prosecutors now make that decision.

The reform also would allow a juvenile the chance to convince a judge they have been rehabilitated and shouldn’t be transferred to adult prison to finish their . . .