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Group works to relieve OK prison crowding

Posted at 7:29 AM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 08:29:43-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma advocacy group is looking to control prison-population growth by reforming how the state classifies some drug and property crimes.

Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform on Thursday launched a campaign to collect enough signatures to put two reform proposals on the ballot.

The first proposal would reclassify some drug and property crimes as misdemeanors instead of felonies. The second proposal would direct cost savings from lower imprisonment rates toward rehabilitation programs, education and job training.

The group needs to collect more than 65,000 signatures on each measure in the next 90 days to send the proposals to the voters.

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