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Okla. DAs Agree to Support Criminal Justice Bill (Feb 27, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's district attorneys have agreed to support a wide ranging criminal justice bill designed to ease the explosive growth of Oklahoma's prison population.

In a letter to House members received on Monday, the executive director of the District Attorneys Council says recent changes to the bill have earned the support of state prosecutors. The bill is scheduled for a hearing Monday in a House committee.

House Speaker Kris Steele has made overhauling the state's criminal justice system one of his top priorities, and his Justice Reinvestment Initiative is the product of an in-depth study conducted during the interim.

Among the key provisions of the bill are stricter post-imprisonment supervision and mental health and substance abuse screening for those arrested for felony crimes.


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