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Strategies for Building Trust Between Law Enforcement and Communities in Oklahoma: Executive Summary

Written on November 27, 2017 at 10:00 am, by

[Download the full report as a pdf.] [Download a summary table of reform proposals.] Contents Introduction Problem Overview Reform Proposals Case Studies Conclusion Executive Summary Law enforcement officers in Oklahoma face a challenging environment. Recent reports place the state near… Read more

The Cost Trap: How Excessive Fees Lock Oklahomans Into the Criminal Justice System without Boosting State Revenue: Executive Summary

Written on January 31, 2017 at 10:46 am, by

Tens of thousands of Oklahomans enter the justice system each year and come out with thousands of dollars in legal financial obligations. For poor Oklahomans, this debt can amount to most of their family’s income, and it often leads to a cycle of incarceration and poverty. Read more...

What’s driving Oklahoma’s prison population growth?

Written on February 9, 2016 at 10:16 am, by

Oklahoma has the second highest incarceration rate in the country, up from fourth highest in 2012, with approximately 1,310 out of every 100,000 of our citizens incarcerated in 2014. The state appropriated $485 million to the Department of Corrections in… Read more

Issue Brief: Barriers to Affordable Housing for Oklahomans with Felony Convictions

Written on July 16, 2015 at 9:32 am, by

Finding affordable housing is one of the most difficult barriers faced by Oklahomans with a felony conviction in their past. Yet Oklahoma's major public housing assistance programs frequently exclude people with felony records, and even those who have been arrested without being charged, from getting help.

Action Items for Oklahoma: Criminal Justice

Written on March 21, 2013 at 9:48 am, by

We continue to follow counterproductive policies that push Oklahomans trying to escape addiction into a downward spiral, and the problem is growing more costly to taxpayers every year.

SQ 762: Is Oklahoma ready to be smart on crime?

Written on September 26, 2012 at 9:54 am, by

To find more about all of the state questions on the ballot in November, see our 2012 State Questions page. State Question 762, on the ballot this November, would make paroles granted by the Pardon and Parole Board for non-violent… Read more