Okla. DAs agree to support criminal justice bill

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

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 Association says recent changes to the bill have earned the support of state prosecutors. The bill passed a House committee Monday on a 10-2 vote.

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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