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“When we take kids away from their homes and communities, we owe their families and communities a promise we’re going to keep them safe. If we can’t do that, we don’t need to take them into our care or custody.”

-Brenda V. Smith, professor at the Washington College of Law at American University, arguing that Prison Rape Elimination Act standards should apply to juvenile facilities (Source)


Ryan Gentzler worked at OK Policy from January 2016 until November 2022. He last served as the organization's Reserach Director and oversaw Open Justice Oklahoma. He began at OK Policy as an analyst focusing on criminal justice issues, including sentencing, incarceration, court fines and fees, and pretrial detention. Open Justice Oklahoma grew out of Ryan’s groundbreaking analysis of court records, which was used to inform critical policy debates. A native Nebraskan, he holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a BA in Institutions and Policy from William Jewell College. He served as an OK Policy Research Fellow in 2014-2015.

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