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A year on, drug sentencing reform still debated

Kevin Buchanan is president of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council and prosecutor for Nowata and Washington counties. [Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman Archives]
When State Question 780 became law last year, it reduced the crime of drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor. What the law didn't do, however, was apply retroactively to earlier felony convictions in the drug trade, a point of contention among criminal justice reformers, district attorneys, lawmakers and people behind bars. The...
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