“The county jail is just this symptom of the problem. It’s not the solution. You can debate, ‘Where do you want people to go when their addiction gets them in trouble, when their mental health gets them in trouble?’ But the focus should be — how are you going to treat people’s mental illnesses and addictions? And if you’re not willing to make those investments, you can be sure your criminal justice system is going to be flooded, and you spend money on the back end.” 

– Oklahoma City councilman Ed Shadid, on the Oklahoma City county jail’s difficulty contending with high volumes of inmates with mental health and substance abuse issues (Source)


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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