Task force seeks to reduce Oklahoma inmate count
(KTEN) — Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has announced a criminal justice reform task force with a goal of reducing crime.
The new task force is dubbed MODERN — Modernized Operations through Data and Evidence-based Restoration Now.
Stitt is doubling down on his stance that Oklahoma is a "law and order state."
MODERN will examine data from jails across the state and look for ways to keep the public safe while also reducing the number of inmates.
The 11-member task force will speak with law enforcement, victims, and formerly-incarcerated inmates in order to create a well-balanced plan.
Oklahoma has the fourth-highest incarceration rate in the country; only Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas jail a bigger percentage of residents.
MODERN is tasked with delivering its recommendations to the governor and legislative leadership by the end of the year.