Governor gets prison reform bill
The House passed a measure Wednesday intended to reduce crime and control prison growth. House Bill 3052, by House Speaker Kris Steele, passed 71-18.
It now goes to the governor.
HB 3052 would create a grant program for local law enforcement agencies, require supervision of all felons leaving prison and develop intermediary revocation facilities for nonviolent offenders who violate drug court regulations or conditions of probation and parole.
Steele, R-Shawnee, accepted a decision by the Senate to cut a section of his bill that would have allowed inmates who must serve 85 percent of their sentence to start earning good-time credits when they enter prison. Inmates now serving the 85 percent sentences are not eligible to earn good-time credits until 85 percent has been served.
Steele said the measure still would increase public safety by making better use of state resources.