Wednesday, April 27, 2016
OKLAHOMA CITY — Governor Mary Fallin today signed four criminal justice reform bills related to proposals she outlined in her State of the State address at the start of this year’s legislative session.
“These measures will preserve public safety while helping control prison costs and reduce incarceration rates,” said Fallin. “According to all measures, Oklahoma has some of the highest incarceration rates in the country.
“Many of our inmates are non-violent offenders with drug abuse and alcohol problems who need treatment. This will pave the way for a wider use of drug courts and community sentencing as well as give judges and district attorneys more discretion in sentencing.”
The governor signed:
All four measures take effect Nov. 1. Rep. Pam Peterson was the House author of all four measures. Sen. Greg Treat sponsored HBs 2472, 2479 and 2751. Sen. Wayne Shaw sponsored HB 2753.
“I am pleased to see these smart-on-crime, evidence-based measures signed into law,” Peterson said. “Our continued focus on how we deal with non-violent offenders strikes a balance between right-sizing our system and ensuring that criminals receive appropriate punishment for their crimes.”
The bills were proposed by the sentencing subcommittee of the governor’s Oklahoma Justice Reform Committee.
The measures were endorsed by several groups and business leaders, such as the Oklahoma Policy Institute; the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber; the Tulsa Regional Chamber; the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association; Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) President Jonathan Small; OCPA Impact; Clay Bennett; David Rainbolt; and Adam Luck, state director of Right on Crime.