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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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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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When prisoners escape, how can a town without police stay safe?

So far, four of the seven people who escaped minimum security prisons in 2018 ran from Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft — a town with no police force.

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Corrections chief Q&A: Legislative session, executions, closing and building prisons, Oklahoma nation’s top incarcerator

Director Allbaugh discussed a number of issues including criminal justice reform, the Department of Corrections’ budget, developing guidelines for inert gas executions and unsafe conditions in Oklahoma prisons.

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After veto, county sheriffs insist the state still owes jails money for housing inmates.

County sheriffs heavily supported a bill they hoped would mean larger reimbursements to county jails that hold state prison inmates and a more transparent reimbursement system. The governor vetoed the bill leaving the debate between county sheriffs and the state unresolved.

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Prison program that teaches women to train unwanted dogs upgrades after years of delays

The new facility gives the program a designated building, a new kennel and exercise area with obstacles — and a new grooming area and a walking path.

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Oklahoma prisons overflow as inmates say ‘no’ to parole

Roughly two out of three parole-eligible inmates opt-out of parole hearings. State officials say this contributes to prison overcrowding and hurts their outcomes after they are released.

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