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The Weekly Wonk: Criminal justice reform, paid family and medical leave, and more

The second session of the 57th Oklahoma Legislature begins in just over a week, and one of OK Policy's top legislative priorities is targeted criminal justice reform to address Oklahoma's incarceration crisis. In her weekly Journal Record column, Executive Director Ahniwake Rose highlighted the need for paid family and medical leave for working Oklahomans. [More...]

Together Oklahoma seeking Census partner organizations

Together Oklahoma, an advocacy program of the Oklahoma Policy Institute, is working to ensure that every Oklahoman is counted during the upcoming 2020 Census by identifying partner organizations to reach hard-to-count residents. To aid in this, Together Oklahoma is seeking community partners across the state to strengthen 2020 Census outreach efforts and ensure a more accurate count of all Oklahomans. [More...]

It’s time to re-examine the Youthful Offender Act (Capitol Update)

The Office of Juvenile Affairs leadership has announced plans to push through amendments to Youthful Offender Act (YOA) in the upcoming session. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: A call for criminal justice reform and more

This week, OK Policy announced a new board member: University of Oklahoma-Tulsa President John H. Schumann, MD. [More...]

Schumann joins OK Policy board

The Oklahoma Policy Institute is honored to announce that University of Oklahoma-Tulsa President John H. Schumann, MD, has joined its board of directors. “We’re excited to have someone with Dr. Schumann’s significant experience that strengthens our board’s expertise, especially in… Read more [More...]

SB 252 would address needed reforms for bail, pretrial detention (Capitol Update)

The Governor's Criminal Justice RESTORE Task Force issued its initial report last week with some interesting narrative and recommendations. One area the task force commented on was bail and pretrial detention. The report correctly points out the inadequacy and injustice of the current bail system. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: Calling for criminal justice reform, a tax cut for working families, and more

What’s up this week at Oklahoma Policy Institute? The Weekly Wonk shares our most recent publications and other resources to help you stay informed about Oklahoma. Numbers of the Day and Policy Notes are from our daily news briefing, In… Read more [More...]

Harsh sentences aren’t always required to achieve justice (Capitol Update)

When they want to, prosecutors will agree that a harsh sentence is not always necessary to achieve justice. The goal of criminal justice reform is to get them to want to more often. [More...]

Flat state budget ahead? It’s not that simple. (Capitol Update)

Last month, the Oklahoma State Board of Equalization held its first meeting for the purpose of certifying how much money the legislature will have to appropriate for the budget year beginning July 1, 2020, when it convenes in February. The current economy on the current tax rates has produced what amounts to a level budget going forward next year. But with state finance it is never that simple. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: Some large U.S. companies still pay no income tax, looking ahead to Oklahoma’s budget, and more

A new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows that under the new law, some of America's biggest and most profitable corporations paid $0.00 in federal income taxes on U.S. income in 2018.  [More...]

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