Okla. panel to consider justice reinvestment bill

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma Senate committee is scheduled to consider a bill to change the way members are appointed to a committee overseeing the state's plans to reduce prison overcrowding and efforts to reduce violent crime.

The initiative was signed into law last May and is meant to reduce violent crime and prison crowding. The Senate Public Safety Committee is to discuss the bill Thursday.

The bill calls for the governor, House Speaker and Senate President Pro Tem to each select three committee members. Current law says the panel's members must come from a diverse criminal justice background. The bill would allow the three to pick whomever they want.

Former House Speaker Kris Steele and Oklahoma County Prosecutor David Prater resigned from a similar committee in protest of the bill last month.

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