Covid-19 is pushing the state Pardon and Parole Board to consider ways to speed up its work recommending people for early release.
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Oklahoma has reduced it’s imprisonment rate but the criminal justice experts say they expect the prison population to continue growing in the next six years.
Drug court participation dropped after passage of a controversial state question in 2016. District attorneys and some court officials disagree whether the new law is to blame for the decrease.
The 21 people released were helped through a months-long commutation process by advocacy group Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform.
Oklahoma City Council hears testimony on proposal to reduce penalties for marijuana and paraphernalia
The Oklahoma City Council held a public hearing on an ordinance that would end jail sentences for simple possession of marijuana if adopted.