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Reducing Recidivism in OK

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Politics.
September 14, 2011

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A national expert on criminal justice reform comes to Oklahoma to discuss ways to reduce recidivism in state prisons.

Doctor Ed Latessa, professor of the University of Cincinnati, School of Criminal Justice, talked to elected officials on Wednesday about ways to reform the corrections system.

Doctor Latessa says getting treatment to inmates only works if it continues outside the prison cells.

“The discussion that Oklahomans are having now around the whole punishment and rehabilitation work is how do we do this work not just in the prisons, but how do we do it in the community.”

He says officials need to identify those at highest risk and target aspects of their lives to change behavior which returns them to prisons.

The event was put on by House Speaker Kris Steele who enacted several pieces of corrections reform legislation this past session.

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