Criminal justice reform bills make progress at Capitol

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Oklahoman

This legislative session, Oklahoma lawmakers drafted a dozen separate bills in an effort to enact laws that would implement a lengthy list of reforms recommended by the governor's criminal justice task force. By late Tuesday afternoon, all 12 had obtained favorable votes in either the Senate or House and are now awaiting action by the other chamber.

"These historic votes will improve public safety in Oklahoma and save our state $1.9 billion," said Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, whose criminal justice reform task force recommended the bulk of the changes currently being considered by the Legislature.

"Making smart, data-driven decisions on how to increase safety while decreasing our overcapacity prisons is key to pursuing smaller, more efficient and more moral government," the governor said.

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