Key Criminal Justice Reform Measure Passes Out of House

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OKALHOMA CITY – A keypiece of several criminal justice reform measures making their way through the legislative process passed off the House floor today.

House Bill 2281, by state Rep. Terry O’Donnell, would adjust penalties for 21 lowlevel property offenses, including larceny, forgery and other “paper crimes.” The threshold for a felony conviction for those crimes would match the threshold set in House Bill 2751, which passed in 2016.

O’Donnell said the bill would particularly help reduce the state’s female incarceration rate, which is the highest in the nation, and prevent many children from ending up in the foster care system.

 

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