A growing number of older inmates means more inmates with dementia or other age-related health issues. The Oklahoman archives David McDaniel

Attention Oklahoma lawmakers: Aging prisoners come with a high cost

Voices | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

OKLAHOMA lawmakers through the years have burnished their tough-on-crime bona fides through legislation that helps ensure offenders get locked away for a long time. Most sessions of the Legislature are light on corrections reform measures; instead, bills that create new punishments, or expand punishments for existing crimes, are the norm. There are near-term consequences for this approach.

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