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Bill seeks release of prisoners convicted of drug crimes

 

March 13, 2019



OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans convicted of certain drug and low-level property crimes before July 2017 could be resentenced under a bill moving through the Oklahoma Legislature.

The House voted 76-22 late Monday for the bill that would retroactively apply a state question approved by voters in 2016 that reclassified certain felony drug and property crimes as misdemeanors.

The bill is part of an effort to reduce Oklahoma's highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate, but it has raised concerns among prosecutors about unintended consequences. District attorneys have noted it could be particu...



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