Category Archives: Featured Criminal Justice
Written on November 27, 2017 at 10:00 am, by Ryan Gentzler
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Law enforcement officers in Oklahoma face a challenging environment. Recent reports place the state near… Read more
Written on January 31, 2017 at 10:46 am, by Gene Perry
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...
Written on February 9, 2016 at 10:16 am, by Ryan Gentzler
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
Written on July 16, 2015 at 9:32 am, by Carly Putnam
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.
Written on March 21, 2013 at 9:48 am, by Gene Perry
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.
Written on September 26, 2012 at 9:54 am, by Gene Perry
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