Justice reform bills sent to conference committees



By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.comBattered and bruised by the legislative process, a package of Oklahoma criminal justice reform measures cleared preliminary House floor votes Thursday. They now will be assigned to House-Senate conference committees to hash out their final provisions. A number of issues remain to be resolved, including what categories of crimes should receive more lenient sentences and the fiscal impact the proposed changes would have on courts and various state agencies, said Terry O'Donnell, R-Catoosa, the House author of several of the reform bills. The upfront costs of several of the proposed reforms could prove to be a major obstacle. Reform advocates say the proposed changes will save the state millions of dollars...

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