justice http://kgou.org en Special Report: How Actions By Gov.'s Staff Led To Weakened Oklahoma Justice Reforms http://kgou.org/post/special-report-how-actions-govs-staff-led-weakened-oklahoma-justice-reforms <p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Behind-the-scenes moves by Gov. Mary Fallin’s senior staff members helped lead to a severe weakening of a program designed to cut the state’s high incarceration rates and save taxpayers more than $200 million over a decade, according to interviews and records obtained by Oklahoma Watch.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5;">The efforts by the governor’s staff, assisted by legislative leaders, to take control of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative took place during periods when staff members met with representatives of private prison companies, which stood to gain or lose depending on how the initiative was implemented, emails and logs of visitors to </span>Fallin’s<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5;"> offices show.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">During that time, private-prison company representatives also made donations to Fallin’s 2014 campaign as well as to legislators, Oklahoma Ethics Commission records indicate.</p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:45:18 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Clifton Adcock 20131 at http://kgou.org Special Report: How Actions By Gov.'s Staff Led To Weakened Oklahoma Justice Reforms Federal Sentencing Guidelines May Affect Oklahoma Cases http://kgou.org/post/federal-sentencing-guidelines-may-affect-oklahoma-cases <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Federal prosecutors in Tulsa say five to eight cases may be affected by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's proposal to change federal sentencing policies.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 15:01:00 +0000 Associated Press 12313 at http://kgou.org Federal Sentencing Guidelines May Affect Oklahoma Cases Steele, Prater Resign from Justice Group, Cite Dishonesty from Fallin's Office http://kgou.org/post/steele-prater-resign-justice-group-cite-dishonesty-fallins-office <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The two leaders of a working committee overseeing&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Oklahoma's</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;plan to lower the state's prison population have resigned, saying they would no longer chair the group and couldn't ask ot Thu, 14 Mar 2013 19:04:30 +0000 Associated Press 1868 at http://kgou.org Steele, Prater Resign from Justice Group, Cite Dishonesty from Fallin's Office