We continue to follow counterproductive policies that push Oklahomans trying to escape addiction into a downward spiral, and the problem is growing more costly to taxpayers every year.
Steve Lewis served as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1989-1991. He currently practices law in Tulsa and represents clients at the Capitol. You can sign up on his website to receive the Capitol Updates newsletter by email. The legislature this year began the difficult work of changing the Oklahoma criminal justice system to make it fairer, less expensive Continue Reading »
In 5 minutes, ‘Locked Out’ by Human Pictures Film dramatically illustrates the barriers for ex-felons trying to rebuild their lives and do the right thing. Excluding Americans with a felony record from affordable housing, student loans, and jobs leaves many with little way to survive outside of prison. We previously discussed some of Oklahoma’s barriers to life after prison here.
With the deadline recently passing for bills to make it out of their initial committees, we can take a look at which criminal justice reform proposals are still alive. While no proposals have emerged to undertake comprehensive sentencing reform, each of these bills addresses the issue in smaller ways: HB 2168 allows Oklahomans with a felony record to obtain job licenses for professions that Continue Reading »
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