Mass incarceration has been Oklahomaís favorite method for dealing with social problems, but it only makes those problems worse and the state poorer.
Nearly 150 business leaders recently gathered at Vast for a Chamber-sponsored update on the recent legislative session and State Question 788, the so-called medical marijuana question.
The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber recently released its Legislative Scorecard, a way to identify elected officials' votes on issues that are important to the business community.
Leadership from Oklahoma State Senate and House of Representatives were on hand to discuss the challenges state lawmakers will face this session.
The Central Oklahoma justice reform organization created by the Chamber has been accepted into the National Network of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils.
The Chamber was strongly supportive of the recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Criminal Justice Reform and actively participated in the process that resulted in a number of important measures that became law this year.
The Chamber's Task Force on Criminal Justice Reform recommended two bills be pursued last session.
The legislation awaiting Gov. Fallinís signature will create a tiered structure and ranges of punishments