March 21st, 2013
We continue to follow counterproductive policies that push Oklahomans trying to escape addiction into a downward spiral, and the problem is growing more costly to taxpayers every year.
“Newsflash, folks: Oklahoma’s prisons are overcrowded. So, we need to reserve expensive prison beds for those we’re afraid of, not just those that we’re mad at.”
-Rep. Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, speaking about her bill that would give judges the authority to hand down shorter sentences, even for crimes that require a minimum amount of prison time, if they feel the sentence would be unjust or if the offender does not present a risk to public safety (Source)