Discussions on the county jail and criminal justice reform continue with the newly created Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council.
Attorney General Mike Hunter wants to move forward on the death penalty in Oklahoma despite a report showing systemic flaws that sometimes result in wrongful convictions.
The organization’s goals focus on fixing the state’s budget issues and building a stronger Oklahoma.
The marshal assist program allows the municipal court to work with offenders to pay their fines without imprisonment.
Local interest groups and officials agree that something must be done to fix Oklahoma’s criminal justice system.
But even in its beginning, the legislation’s reforms were modest at best. In its final version, HB 3052 is a reform bill in name only — more notable for what it does not do than for what it does. There is even the potential that it could dig us deeper into our current prison crisis…
The bill funds strategic crime reduction initiatives, requires post-release supervision of all felons and initiates several strategies proven to control prison growth and reduce crime. It’s a tougher, smarter fight against crime. This new policy was developed through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a nine-month, data-driven review of Oklahoma’s entire criminal justice system. Among the shortcomings…