Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Oklahoma Justice Reinvestment Initiative Not Funded

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has asked the new Department of Corrections director to evaluate a public safety bill that many believe has not been funded adequately, reported the Tulsa World.

Last week, the Board of Corrections tapped Robert C. Patton to replace Justin Jones, who resigned last year from an agency that is plagued with crowded prisons, poor staffing and low morale. Patton is coming from the Arizona Department of Corrections, where he was the division director of operations.

In 2012, Fallin signed House Bill 3052 by then-House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, who is no longer in office.

Dubbed the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, the highly touted public safety measure was designed to curb prison crowding and improve public safety.

It called for the creation of "intermediate revocation facilities" for those who make technical violations of probation and parole and deter them from regular incarceration.

It also called for additional officers to supervise for nine months those leaving custody. Those two key elements have yet to be funded.

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