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By Ashlynd Huffman
Oklahoma Watch 

What legislators did instead of funding voter-approved criminal justice reforms

 

August 5, 2022



Oklahoma voters sent a message in 2016: Stop sending people to prison on minor drug and property crimes. Direct money saved to counties for drug and mental health treatment.

State lawmakers still haven’t gotten the second half of that.

Nearly seven years later, not a dime has been invested in the County Community Safety Investment Fund, established by passage of State Question 781 to cover the costs of treatment in all 77 counties.

That’s where the burden shifted when voters approved State Question 780, reclassifying many drug-related felonies and sending offenders to county jails rath...



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