What does SB1646 do?
Senate Bill 1646 will create a felony classification system for Oklahoma that provides more consistency in sentence lengths and ensures that sentence enhancements for certain crimes are used appropriately. It will reduce the prison population all while preserving public safety.
A recent study found that by standardizing sentencing practices within felony classes (passing SB1646) could amount to $16.8M in reduced marginal incarceration costs over 10 years, while reducing prison populations in Oklahoma by 969.
The Conservative Approach
Since 2000, the average prison sentence given in Oklahoma has grown by 1.2 years, a 17% increase. In short, the current way of doing business isn’t sustainable.