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Amid Crowded Jails, Oklahoma Looks to Boost Felonies
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Some legislators say political will has faded for a plan meant to curb Oklahoma's exceptionally high prison population.
Last session the Legislature and governor approved a "justice reinvestment initiative" to decrease jail time for nonviolent offenders and keep tabs on prisoners after they're released. But the program hasn't been put into practice, and Gov. Mary Fallin rejected federal money for implementation training last month.
Meanwhile, legislators are considering about 10 new felonies or enhanced punishments. Proponents say harsh penalties will deter crime.
Former House Speaker Kris Steele, who championed the initiative, says more prison time won't fix the state's crowded prisons or high violent crime rate. He says the initiative has worked in other states and would make Oklahoma safer.
Oklahoma's incarceration rate is the fifth highest in the country.
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Posted: Saturday, March 30 2013, 05:37 PM CDT
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Search continues in creek for missing Okla. teen
May 25, 2013 22:59 GMT
KINGFISHER, Okla. (AP) -- Authorities continue to search for a Kingfisher teenager who disappeared after jumping into Uncle John Creek.
Police say 17-year-old Taylor Faine jumped into the creek Thursday and did not resurface. Kingfisher Fire Chief Randy Poindexter told The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/10s2oB6 ) on Saturday that manmade dams have been built in hopes of finding Faine's body.
Authorities say Faine was swimming with friends in an area where no swimming signs are in place because of dangerous currents in the creek.
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