OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican state senator from Norman is looking into the impact of drug use on the state's prison population and is highlighting some programs designed to keep drug addicts out of prison.
Two recovering addicts testified before the Senate Public Safety Committee on Wednesday about how prison diversion programs helped turn their lives around.
Lisa Lewis told the committee her drug addiction led to her arrest and imprisonment in the Cleveland County Jail, where she participated in the Second Chance Act Program for women. Greg Nicholson testified he served 12 years in federal and state prisons before spending time at Rob's Ranch, a recovery halfway house in Purcell.
Oklahoma has nearly 27,000 prison inmates and one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation.
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