October 29, 2014

“Yet as Oklahoma’s prison population has grown through the years, and as lawmakers have added more statutes to keep people locked up longer, the state’s violent crime rate has decreased only slightly. In his audit of the DOC, state Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones said lawmakers need to either ‘act responsibly and commit sufficient financial resources’ to fund the prison system’s operations and programs, ‘or find ways in which to be smart on crime, keeping in mind the ever increasing cost to Oklahoma taxpayers.’”

The Oklahoman Editorial Board


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