Speaker-elect Steele tackles corrections at judicial conference
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Published: 18-Nov-2010

CapitolBeatOK Staff Report

Published: 18-Nov-2010

House Speaker-elect Kris Steele (R-Shawnee) will participate in a panel on corrections issues at the annual judicial conference, including a discussion of the “Women in Recovery” program. The session will be 2 p.m. today (Thursday, November 18) at the Tulsa Downtown Doubletree Hotel, 616 W. Seventh Street.

This year, Steele authored House Bill 2998, a law that encourages re-entry and diversion programs as opposed to jail time for nonviolent female offenders with children in order to allow them to receive rehabilitative services while maintaining contact with their families.

Steele plans to make corrections reform a priority in the coming legislative session.

The incoming speaker reflected on length on corrections policy and funding challenges in an exclusive interview last week with CapitolBeatOK.

“Those who do wrong must face consequences, but I am convinced based on evidence-based practices that we can get better outcomes utilizing community-based services instead of incarceration for many nonviolent offenders,” Steele said.

“By doing so, we can make better use of limited tax dollars, do a better job of rehabilitating offenders, and ensure prison space is available for the most dangerous criminals in our society. In the coming legislative session, we will focus on advancing more efficient corrections policies while promoting and protecting public safety,” Steele concluded.


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