New courthouse symbolizes OKC criminal justice reform

Finished in glass, wood and stone, Oklahoma City's new municipal courthouse is a physical manifestation of an enlightened era in criminal justice.

At a dedication ceremony Monday, Presiding Judge Philippa James said Municipal Court reforms of the past several years are intended "to make our work more about those who appear here and less about intimidation."

"This new building," she said, "was designed with many of those improvements in mind."

Along with the downtown police headquarters dedicated in 2015, the new Municipal Court building replaces aging and inefficient law enforcement and justice facilities.

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