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Join our team as a Communications Associate

NOTE: This position search is closed. Please visit our Jobs & Internships page to view the latest job and internship opportunities. Our Communications Associate supports OK Policy and its programs by planning, delivering, and measuring communications tactics and strategies that advance… Read more [More...]

Oklahoma lawmakers should get serious about addressing inflation

Co-authors: Josie Phillips, Policy Fellow and Paul Shinn, former Budget and Tax Senior Policy Analyst — Oklahoma elected officials have called for state action to help Oklahomans who are struggling with inflation. The House of Representatives went so far as… Read more [More...]

The Oklahoma Legislature could have done more to support everyday Oklahomans

Co-authors: Sabine Brown, Infrastructure and Access Senior Policy Analyst; Gabrielle Jacobi, Child Well-Being Policy Analyst / KIDS COUNT Coordinator; Josie Phillips, Policy Fellow; Gabriela Ramirez-Perez, Immigration Policy Analyst; Emma Morris, Health Care and Revenue Policy Analyst — Oklahoma legislators have… Read more [More...]

Join the team as a Regional Organizer for Together Oklahoma (Two Positions)

Our Regional Organizer supports OK Policy by providing structured leadership in the development and implementation of community-based advocacy actions that further policy goals identified by OK Policy and works closely with Together Oklahoma (TOK) chapters and issue groups. [More...]

Join the team as a Youth Justice Policy Analyst

Our Youth Justice Policy Analyst supports OK Policy through non-partisan research and analysis, focused primarily on state youth justice issues, through the collection and reporting of a broad range of data and research to assist in the development of and advocacy for meaningful recommendations for our policy team and organization [More...]

OK Policy statement on legislature’s FY23 appropriations bills

The budget bills approved today by lawmakers — and now forwarded to the governor for consideration — reflect some good investments in Oklahoma, especially for youth and their families involved in the justice system and the hundreds of Oklahomans with intellectual and developmental disabilities who currently face a 13-year wait for services.  [More...]

Reducing our incarceration population is a matter of public safety — and public health

The state should continue reducing the number of people incarcerated in Oklahoma across the board by extending the early pandemic efforts, like expanding commutations and making permanent efforts that reduce arrests for certain non-violent offenses. These efforts are not only good for Oklahomans and public safety, but they serve the needs of public health as well.  [More...]

Mitigation efforts helped keep our justice-involved youth safer during the pandemic

Justice-involved youth have faced a heightened risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Youthful offenders, already likely burdened with childhood trauma and the stress of separation from family, faced considerable risks living in shared facilities with other youths during a highly infectious global pandemic. [More...]

Better Tomorrows Youth Justice Panel Discussion

On March 28, the Oklahoma Policy Institute released its latest report, which focuses on the state's youth justice system. To celebrate the report's release, OK Policy held an online panel discussion to look more deeply at issues impacting the state's youth justice system and the issues raised in the report. [More...]

New hire expands OK Policy’s research team

The Oklahoma Policy Institute is excited to announce the expansion of its research team through the hiring of data analyst Hunter McCans. [More...]