This session the Oklahoma legislature passed a handful of bills aimed at reforming the state’s criminal justice system. Governor Stitt’s new task force will propose additional criminal justice reform efforts next session.
Members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives rejected legislation Wednesday that would have allowed more criminal suspects to be released from jail without bail after critics said it would lead to more crime and the bill’s author admitted he did not know how much the measure would increase taxpayer costs.
Oklahoma’s incarceration rate has risen to number one in the nation. This overuse of incarceration has significant financial and social costs. Oklahoma lawmakers are considering reforms aimed at reducing incarceration rates.
Senate Bill 421 seeks to reform Oklahoma’s criminal justice system by standardizing some of Oklahoma’s drug possession laws and reducing the maximum sentencing for those convicted of certain drug-related crimes.