- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has issued an executive order creating a special committee to develop reforms to how the state handles nonviolent offenders who have substance abuse problems and mental health issues.

Fallin issued the order Wednesday creating the six-member Oklahoma Justice Reform Steering Committee.

The committee will develop a plan for implementing justice reform measures tailored to Oklahoma’s security needs and budget and prioritize ways to reduce prison overcrowding and promote public safety.

The committee will present its findings to the governor and lawmakers by Dec. 31, 2016.

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