State Question 781: Directs cost-savings from sentencing reforms to local governments
If it passes (“YES” vote):
If SQ 780 passes, state prisons across Oklahoma would be expected to house fewer inmates, while county jails could be expected to house more, as offenders are housed closer to their families and to local treatment programs. SQ 781 would help ensure that a portion of the cost savings realized by state prisons would be passed on to county facilities.
If it fails (“NO” vote):
The systemic, cost-saving reform in SQ 780 would be severely frustrated in the implementation process. One of the key goals of SQ 780 – to allow local officials more flexibility to address local factors contributing to mental health and substance abuse issues – would be difficult, if not impossible, to realize.