Backsplash: Inertia again bites justice reform plans

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: March 21, 2013
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The fins of change affecting JRI are part of a long effort to stifle reform under the guise of not being soft on crime. Mandatory minimum sentences, pushing all parole decisions to the governor's desk, criminalizing behavior that's best handled with treatment rather than incarceration – these are components of a corrections system with an insatiable appetite.

The system fattened in the days when Democrats steered the boat; today, Republicans are at the helm. Perhaps it's not yet time to close the beaches on JRI. But it looks as if our paraphrase of Chief Brody's line is apt.

Prison reform in Oklahoma isn't seaworthy. It's flotsam.


by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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