“We are running a felon factory in Oklahoma that, in generations to come, will exacerbate the problem we already have.”

-Gene Rainbolt, chairman of BancFirst Corp., on his support for SQ 780 and SQ 781, which aim to reduce the prison population and invest in mental health and substance abuse treatment (Source). See OK Policy’s fact sheet on the justice reform state ballot questions here.


Ryan Gentzler worked at OK Policy from January 2016 until November 2022. He last served as the organization's Reserach Director and oversaw Open Justice Oklahoma. He began at OK Policy as an analyst focusing on criminal justice issues, including sentencing, incarceration, court fines and fees, and pretrial detention. Open Justice Oklahoma grew out of Ryan’s groundbreaking analysis of court records, which was used to inform critical policy debates. A native Nebraskan, he holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a BA in Institutions and Policy from William Jewell College. He served as an OK Policy Research Fellow in 2014-2015.

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