Records on Okla. prison reforms are released

From TULSA, Okla — Fifteen months after the Tulsa World requested public records relating to the now-gutted Justice Reinvestment Initiative, Gov. Mary Fallin’s office has released more than 8,000 records related to the prison reforms.

The World is reviewing thousands of records to uncover answers as to what happened to the much-heralded package of reforms aimed at curbing prison growth that quickly lost momentum — and funding — after the governor signed the law in May 2012. Fallin’s spokesman Alex Weintz said the long delay on the open records request was because of the volume of records reviewed by the Governor’s Office and confusion by staff members.

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