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Recommendations to Reduce Crime in OK

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Politics.
January 11, 2012

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A seven month study of Oklahoma’s justice system recommends spending $110 million over the next 10 years to see a savings of $250 million.

The Justice Reinvestment Initiative released findings on Wednesday that show while Oklahoma’s violent crime rate dropped by 4%, nationally it went down by 20%.

House Speaker Kris Steele says the new report proposes to drop the crime rate by another 10% in just four years partly by increasing police presence on Oklahoma streets.

“It also proposes to provide supervision for all post prison felons and it also proposes to contain prison costs in the next ten years.”

The initial cost in the upcoming fiscal year would be an extra $6 million and $13 million each year afterward.

Steele says his staff is already drafting bills to implement the changes in the upcoming legislative session which starts February 6th.

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