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Oklahoma Lawmakers Scrutinize Corrections Policies (Oct 26, 2010)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers say changes are needed in corrections and criminal justice policies to lower costs and improve public safety.

Members of the state House and Senate on Tuesday met with Michael Thompson - the director of The Justice Center with the Council of State Governments.

Thompson says many states are learning they can't sustain the cost of growing incarceration rates and that corrections policies are not providing a sufficient return on their investments.

House Speaker-designate Kris Steele of Shawnee says lawmakers need to maximize limited taxpayer funds and achieve better results in the corrections system.

Gov. Brad Henry signed legislation in June that was sponsored by Steele to allow nonviolent female offenders who are mothers to receive community-based services instead of prison.


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