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Gov. Fallin: Lawmakers should do more to reduce prison costs


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin urged lawmakers to take additional steps to reduce Oklahoma's escalating incarceration costs after she signed one such measure aimed at reducing prison overcrowding.

"These reforms are targeted at nonviolent offenders, many of whom suffer from addiction and mental health issues," Fallin said Tuesday. "We simply have to start focusing on treatment and reintegrating these offenders, which research has shown will result in lower crime rates and lower rates of recidivism."

The bill that she signed Tuesday requires risk and needs assessments for offenders...

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