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Criminal justice reform advocates wary of ex-legislator

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Rep. Tim Downing, foreground, speaks at the House of Representatives' Judiciary-Criminal Justice and Corrections committee meeting while Rep. Rande Worthen, left, and Chairman Scott Biggs listen on April 12 , 2017. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]
Rep. Tim Downing, foreground, speaks at the House of Representatives' Judiciary-Criminal Justice and Corrections committee meeting while Rep. Rande Worthen, left, and Chairman Scott Biggs listen on April 12 , 2017. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

Gov. Kevin Stitt's announcement last week of a criminal justice reform package left some justice reform advocates with a couple of questions.

Is this real reform, and why is someone perceived as an opponent of criminal justice reform one of the Stitt administration's advisers on the issue?

Administration officials say former state Rep. Tim Downing has not played a major role in criminal justice reform discussions, but his presence rankled a few and shook the confidence of others.

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