Governor endorses bills aimed at reducing prison population
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says she’s reached a deal with legislative leaders and state prosecutors on a package of bills designed to curb Oklahoma’s growing prison population.
Fallin joined district attorneys and lawmakers Monday to announce support of several bills intended to change criminal sentencing code. The bills mostly target nonviolent property and drug crimes and make it easier for inmates to be released on parole.
Fallin says the bills still are being drafted and that no official projections have been calculated on savings or bed space.
The chairman of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, behind two ballot measures voters approved easing penalties for certain crimes, says it’s too early to endorse the bills.
Oklahoma has United States’ second highest overall incarceration rate, with prisons currently over 110 percent capacity.