State question to reduce incarceration rate headed to voters


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group seeking to further reduce Oklahoma's high prison incarceration rate announced Wednesday that its state question has qualified for the November ballot.

The "Yes on 805" campaign said Wednesday was the expiration of a 10-day window for final legal challenges to the petition.

If approved by voters, the proposal would bar prosecutors from using prior felony convictions to enhance sentences for nonviolent crimes. Supporters argue this practice often leads to excessive sentences for minor, nonviolent offenses. The proposal would also allow those who already had such...

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