New chairman to preside over state Sentencing Commission

Thursday, September 29th 2005, 7:13 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Sentencing Commission meets today with a new chairman and plans to take up proposed new felony sentencing guidelines.

State Representative Fred Morgan of Oklahoma City was appointed chairman of the commission earlier this month by House Speaker Todd Hiett.

Morgan has been involved in sentencing issues for much of the past decade and will lead the bipartisan commission in discussions on how to improve felony sentencing.

The commission plans to consider possible recommendations to the 2006 Legislature on changing sentencing laws.

The recommendations are geared toward balancing the demands on the prison system -- which faces a $30-million operating deficit -- while maximizing protection of the public.