Drug and mental health courts could get more funding under a bill advancing through Oklahoma Legislature
A state legislator believes lawmakers should invest more money in programs designed to treat underlying problems and steer people away from prison.
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.
A judge’s promise to bring a drug court to Pawnee County eventually led to a legal dispute with a district attorney who said the county couldn’t support drug court. The DA’s primary election loss may pave the way for a new attempt to bring the county a drug court.