State Question 780 passes: Oklahoma votes for criminal justice reform and reclassifying some crimes

Posted at 9:33 PM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 22:42:34-05

Oklahomans vote YES for criminal justice reform.

Along with State Question 780 passing, its companion measure State Question 781 also passed.

The measure will make possession of a limited quantity of drugs a misdemeanor. It will also increase the threshold dollar amount used for certain property crimes to determine if they are a felony or misdemeanor. Currently, the threshold is $500. Passage of SQ 780 will now increase that amount to $1,000.

Property crimes covered by this change include; false declaration of a pawn ticket, embezzlement, larceny, grand larceny, theft, receiving or concealing stolen property, taking domesticated fish or game, fraud, forgery, counterfeiting, or issuing bogus checks.

SQ 780 will become effective July 1, 2017.

State Question 781 will create the County Community Safety Investment Fund which would collect the calculated savings after reclassifying certain drug possessions and property crimes as misdemeanors. The money would be used for rehabilitative services such as mental health and substance abuse.


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