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SQ805 Attacks Lengthy Prison Sentences; Opponents Say There Would Be Unintended Consequences

Oct 15, 2020
Voters line up to cast ballots shortly after precincts opened in Oklahoma City on Election Day in 2012.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s standards for punishing people convicted of crimes are shifting. In 2016, voters chose to reduce punishments for drug possession and some property crimes often associated with addiction.

A Guide To State Question 805 And Its Potential Impact On Oklahoma Criminal Justice

Oct 15, 2020

As the Nov. 3 general election date draws near, public confusion regarding State Question 805—a ballot initiative which would amend the Oklahoma Constitution and end the use of sentence enhancements against some repeat offenders—remains high.

A man hangs his head during a batterer intervention class at Catalyst in Oklahoma City. The 52-week program is an alternative to prison ordered by the court for some of Oklahoma's domestic abusers.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

A bill that would add four domestic violence offenses to the state’s list of violent crimes is headed for Gov. Kevin Stitt’s desk, and indications are he will sign it.