State Questions 780 and 781 propose making significant changes to Oklahoma’s criminal justice system in an effort to lower the state’s incarceration rates. SQ 780 proposes to change the classification of certain drug possession and property crimes from felony to misdemeanor offenses. SQ 781 would create the County Community Safety Investment Fund to hold and redistribute any savings achieved by incarcerating fewer people for drug possession or nonviolent crimes — the intent of SQ 780 - to counties for mental health and substance abuse treatment programs. Kris Steele, former House speaker and executive director of The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM), and Greg Mashburn, district attorney representing Cleveland, Garvin and McClain counties, debated the measures and issues at play during a recent OK Watch-Out forum in Oklahoma City.
OK Watch-Out Forum: Questions Of Justice
By Jim Johnson • Oct 30, 2016