In the October 8 edition of Capitol Report on News9, Patrick B. McGuigan encouraged Oklahoma voters to support State Questions 780 and 781. The companion reforms would revise state law to make allow some non-violent offenses to be filed as misdemeanors rather than felonies.
Anticipated savings could then be directed into proven programs to fight addiction and provide job training and other opportunities for ex-inmates. As the state’s prison population continues to grow, the CapitolBeatOK editor told reporter Alex Cameron the measures
could finally bring to fulfillment the Justice Reinvestment Initiative programs that passed the Legislature in 2012. In related news, leading state attorney Robert Henry, now president of Oklahoma City University, has strongly endorsed the two proposals.
Turning to national news, McGuigan pointed to a recent commentary by John Fund, a well-known conservative columnist. Fund wrote, “Maybe Americans don’t want to elect a grown man who acts like a 13-year-old boy.” Fund also wrote, “If Americans on Election Day think that Donald Trump has the maturity of a 13-year-old boy, undecided voters will conclude he is 22 years shy of the age requirement for president stipulated in the Constitution.”