Men­tal health

Ok­la­homa vot­ers will see two con­nected mea­sures that would re­clas­sify cer­tain non­vi­o­lent drug pos­ses­sion

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and low-level theft crimes as mis­de­meanors in­stead of felonies. The sav­ings from re­duced in­car­cer­a­tion costs would fund men­tal health, sub­stance abuse treat­ment and job train­ing pro­grams. Sup­port­ers say the mea­sures would help the state ad­dress prob­lems that lead peo­ple to com­mit crimes. Op­po­nents ar­gue the changes would threaten public safety and shift the bur­den of hous­ing many of­fend­ers from state pris­ons to county jails, where they are ac­tu­ally less likely to get sub­stance abuse treat­ment.

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