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New jail won’t fix Oklahoma County’s criminal justice needs, report shows: A new jail will not fix Oklahoma County’s problems. That is one of the key points in a report released Wednesday by the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce’s criminal justice reform task force. …City leaders hosted a news conference Wednesday at the Oklahoma City police headquarters to outline the findings of the task force, which started its efforts last December [NewsOK]. The report is available here.
Medical marijuana won’t fix Oklahoma’s budget problems: The movement to legalize marijuana is riding high. This year voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada joined Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska in legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, while Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota voted to allow medical marijuana. Oklahoma narrowly missed out joining the latter group this year. Proponents gathered enough signatures to put medical marijuana on the ballot as SQ 788, but they submitted the signatures too late to make the 2016 elections [OK Policy].
Governor Fallin praises justice reform task force’s work toward significant proposal: Governor Mary Fallin today announced she will extend the deadline for her justice reform task force to provide more time to strengthen its proposals. The governor will modify an executive order that had previously called for the Oklahoma Justice Reform Task Force’s work to be complete by Thursday, Dec. 15. “To deliver the type of significant improvement Oklahoma needs, I am asking the task force to take the achievable, responsible ideas it already has a step further,” said Fallin [The Pryor Daily Times]. Here’s what we can expect from their suggestions [OK Policy].
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