Oklahoma Takes First Steps Toward Curbing High Incarceration Rate

James Ringland News, Oklahoma, Uncategorized

April 27, 2016

Efforts to reduce the incarceration rate in Oklahoma are underway in Oklahoma, as Gov. Mary Fallin signed criminal justice reforms into law that reduce mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenses and expand access to alternative sentencing options like drug courts.

Holly Harris, Executive Director, U.S. Justice Action Network: “Thanks to the leadership of Gov. Fallin and other legislative champions, including Sens. Greg Treat and Wayne Shaw and Rep. Pam Peterson, Oklahoma is now taking important steps to address its high prison population by reducing sentences and offering alternatives to those who need treatment. We have seen the positive impact such reforms have made in other states, including safely reducing the incarceration rate, saving taxpayers money, and improving public safety, and we look forward to the same in Oklahoma. We hope this is just the beginning of future criminal justice reform efforts.”