State Question 805 qualifies for November ballot

A controversial state question that would reform the state’s criminal justice system has qualified for November’s general election ballot, supporters say.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that State Question 805 qualifies for the Nov. 3 ballot because supporters gathered enough signatures. Also, the initiative petition didn’t face any challenges within the prescribed window.

Supporters said the measure ends the use of repeat sentencing penalties for nonviolent offenses. The enhanced penalties are currently used to increase prison sentences for offenders who have prior convictions. Eliminating the enhancements for nonviolent offenders will save taxpayers up to $186 million over the next decade, supporters said.

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