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Texas criminal justice reforms offer lessons for Oklahoma


August 26, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawmakers in Texas say their efforts to reduce prison sizes and costs offer lessons for Oklahoma, where corrections officials are seeking hundreds of millions of dollars to build new ones.

Texas built $2 billion in prisons to house 103,000 new inmates between 1989 and 1996, but a state budget crunch and proposals to build even more prisons helped launch bipartisan criminal justice reform measures in 2007. Those have allowed the state to close eight prison facilities in the past seven years and dramatically reduce its incarceration costs.

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