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Justice Reinvestment Initiative records: A Timeline

Justice Reinvestment Initiative records: A Timeline

January 2012: Council of State Governments report released regarding the need for justice system reforms in Oklahoma.

May 2012: House Bill 3052, authored by then-Speaker Kris Steele, signed by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Sept. 13, 2012: JRI Implementation Working Group holds first public meeting. Department of Corrections director Justin Jones and Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Terri White do not attend. Fallin's Deputy General Counsel Rebecca Frazier is listed as attending on their behalf. Tulsa World requests all correspondence from the governor's office regarding JRI.

Sept. 21, 2012: General Counsel Steve Mullins responds to the World's request by sending a handful of documents, claiming everything else is exempt under “executive privilege.”

Sept. 27, 2012: The World requests similar records regarding JRI reforms and discussions from officials at DOC and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Within a few weeks, the governor's office responds with a small amount of records claiming any others are exempt under executive privilege.

Oct. 22, 2012: Fallin writes letters in support of seeking federal grant funding for key parts of the JRI reforms.

Nov. 6, 2012: The World issues a response detailing that the requested records cannot be held under Oklahoma's Open Records law under “executive privilege.” The paper requests a denial/response in writing.

Feb. 12, 2013: In email discussions regarding assistance from the Council on State Governments and accepting grant assistance, Mullins declares: “I think this is the time we cut our losses” and states they're going to explain Oklahoma is turning down federal assistance because it wouldn't be fiscally prudent and the state can fund its own reforms. They announce the decision the following week.

March 13, 2013: Fallin's office issues a statement of her support for a House Bill that would create a separate implementation panel for the prison reform laws. It later fails to pass.

March 14, 2013: Steele and Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater resign from the implementation working group out of what they say is “disgust” for how the governor's office is dealing with JRI reforms.

December 2013: Fallin's office releases the JRI emails and records, which have now been requested by numerous Oklahoma news agencies and the ACLU.

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