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Meet OK Policy: Damion Shade, Criminal Justice Policy Analyst

Kris Steele, the Director of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, likes to say "There's no such thing as a spare Oklahoman." Honestly, that sentiment helps drag me out of bed many mornings. [More...]

Meet OK Policy: Maggie den Harder, Mental Health Policy Fellow

As a Mental Health Policy Fellow, I research, write, advocate, and learn about mental health and substance abuse policies, regulations, programs, and resources. [More...]

Meet OK Policy: Justice Data Analyst Ashley Harvey

Ashley Harvey I provide data related to Oklahoma justice processes; to do this I gather, clean, validate, and document data from various source. [More...]

Meet OK Policy: Education Policy Analyst and KIDS COUNT Coordinator Rebecca Fine

To give you a better idea of who we are and what we all do, we are running an OK Policy Blog series highlighting our staffers. [More...]

Meet OK Policy: Economic Opportunity Policy Analyst Courtney Cullison

From humble beginnings in 2008, we now have a staff of 19, including talented individuals who focus on a wide range of policy issues, intensive data analysis, outreach, communications, events and operations, and more. [More...]

New dashboard from Open Justice Oklahoma provides live data on Oklahoma’s prison population

For Immediate Release Contact: Ryan Gentzler, rgentzler@okpolicy.org, (918) 794-3944 TULSA, Okla. – A new data tool published by Open Justice Oklahoma provides up-to-date looks at the state’s incarceration rate and prison overcrowding crisis. The Oklahoma DOC Tracker will be updated… Read more [More...]

Meet OK Policy: Mental Health Policy Analyst / Mental Health Policy Fellowship Coordinator Lauren Turner

Oklahoma Policy Institute has grown a lot in the past few years. From humble beginnings in 2008, we now have a staff of 19, including talented individuals who focus on a wide range of policy issues, intensive data analysis, outreach, communications, events and operations, and more. To give you a better idea of who we are and what we all do, we are running an OK Policy Blog series highlighting our staffers. [More...]

Meet OK Policy: Budget & Tax Senior Policy Analyst Paul Shinn

What do you do at OK Policy? I monitor and evaluate Oklahoma state and local government budget and tax policies. Most importantly, I participate in a team effort at OK Policy that helps makes financial aspects of government as clear as possible. This helps our supporters better understand how tax and budget affects them and the issues that are important to them. [More...]

Report: Federal funds provide needed boost for affordable child care in Oklahoma

Contact: Rebecca Fine, rfine@okpolicy.org, 918-794-3944 TULSA, Okla. — A new report from Oklahoma Policy Institute finds that new federal grant funding is making affordable child care a reality for more Oklahomans. In fiscal year 2019, Oklahoma’s child care subsidy program… Read more [More...]

Meet OK Policy: SE Oklahoma Field Organizer Kyle Lawson

I work through our grassroots organization Together Oklahoma to educate, engage and organize citizens in Southeast Oklahoma. Individuals in rural Oklahoma often feel like they don't have a voice. It's my job to teach them they do have a voice and how to use that voice to create change in their community and their state. [More...]