New ballot measure raises DA concern


Oklahoma’s district attorneys are raising concerns about a proposed new ballot measure aimed at further reducing the state’s prison population.

In a statement late Tuesday, Oklahoma District Attorneys Association President Jason Hicks said one problem is that crimes like child trafficking, aggravated assault and battery, and domestic abuse aren’t technically violent crimes under state law.

The proposed state question filed on Tuesday would prohibit prosecutors from using previous nonviolent felony convictions to enhance prison sentences.

Hicks says state prosecutors are still examining the proposal, but says there are already elements that would be “detrimental, if not catastrophic, for public safety.”