- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk is the next stop for four criminal justice bills designed to slow the growth of Oklahoma’s prison population.

The state Senate gave final approval to the measures Wednesday and sent them to Fallin to be signed into law. Fallin has expressed support for the bills that are intended to ease overcrowding in state prisons.

The bills would allow district attorneys to file misdemeanor charges instead of felonies for certain crimes, reduce mandatory sentences for drug offenses, raise the felony threshold to $1,000 for property crimes, and expand the number of offenders eligible for drug courts.

On Monday, 27,980 inmates were incarcerated in the state’s prison system, 112 percent of capacity.

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House Bill 2479: https://bit.ly/1R1Fp5H

House Bill 2751: https://bit.ly/1WcpOGT

House Bill 2472: https://bit.ly/208HvHr

House Bill 2753: https://bit.ly/1mXV1Ps

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