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Governor Fallin’s Resolutions for 2015

Jan 7, 2015 | by Lynn Powell

Another New Years? Resolution we must continue to pursue is to reduce Oklahoma?s very high incarceration rate. To be clear, violent criminals in Oklahoma need to be in prison. Anyone who is a threat to their community must be locked up. Nothing about that should change. But the sad truth is many of our inmates are non-violent offenders with substance abuse problems or mental health issues.

Another New Years? Resolution we must continue to pursue is to reduce Oklahoma?s very high incarceration rate.

To be clear, violent criminals in Oklahoma need to be in prison. Anyone who is a threat to their community must be locked up. Nothing about that should change.

But the sad truth is many of our inmates are non-violent offenders with substance abuse problems or mental health issues. They don?t need to spend long stints at the state penitentiary, where they can join gangs and acquire criminal networks. They need treatment; they need supervision; and they need to be returned to their communities ready to safely support themselves and their families.

In this next legislative session, we should redouble our efforts to pursue smart on crime solutions and offer commonsense paths to help people with mental health and substance abuse problems get their lives back on track.

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