“We don’t write a lot of those tickets anyway because we know they can’t pay it. We want them to get off the median so that they’re not out there causing accidents and becoming parts of accidents.”

– Maj. Dexter Nelson of the Oklahoma City Police Department, on the city’s anti-panhandling ordinance. Nelson says that police are distributing informational sheets on the ordinance in lieu of writing tickets for the first 30 days the law is in effect (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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