Op-ed: State question 805 offers cost savings and redemption

Oklahoma law provides a large range of sentencing guidelines for each category of crime to allow prior convictions to be taken into account in determining the length of the sentence imposed.

Oklahoma law also allows sentencing enhancements to add years or decades to be piled on top of a maximum guideline sentence.

Here’s the problem. Oklahomans serve sentences that are 70% longer for property crimes and 79% longer for drug crimes compared to the national average. And 80% of Oklahomans with a prior nonviolent conviction have received a sentencing enhancement.

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