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Legislators leave criminal justice reform bills on the table as prison population grows

Despite voter support for criminal justice reforms, lawmakers only passed one bill that could affect prison population growth frustrating Department of Corrections employees and agency budgets.

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Legislators increase education funding, kick most health and criminal justice questions down the road

StateImpact followed legislators’ actions on education, criminal justice reform, Medicaid expansion and abortion.

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Can Oklahoma learn from Louisiana’s criminal justice reform?

Louisiana and Oklahoma are both trying to reduce their prison populations and lower the costs of their justice systems. Louisiana is seeing good results. Many of Oklahoma’s reforms haven’t gone into effect, but experts predict they’ll have a limited effect.

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One Way To Relieve Overcrowded Prisons: Make Lock-Up A Last Resort For Probation Violations

Oklahoma’s prisons are bursting at the seams. A state task force charged with reforming the state’s justice system discovered that thousands of new inmates are locked up for violating the terms of their probation. To slow prison growth, the group recommended making prison a last resort for probation and parole violators.

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