QOTD (7/24/17)

“Beyond the bad publicity, Oklahoma’s outrageous habit of throwing away salvageable lives is just plain bad. If the mere morality of the issue doesn’t convince you, consider these arguments: It runs up the state’s corrections budget, robs money from education, overcrowds our prisons, makes it harder to hold onto dangerous criminals, shrinks the work force, continues the cycle of poverty across generations, and establishes the precedent that Oklahoma treats medical problems with incarceration. It also makes us no safer.”

– Wayne Green of the Tulsa World discussing Oklahoma’s high female incarceration rate – the highest in the nation. (Source)


Courtney Cullison worked for OK Policy from 2017 to 2020 as a policy analyst focused on issues of economic opportunity and financial security. Before coming to OK Policy, Courtney worked in higher education, holding faculty positions at the University of Texas at Tyler and at Connors State College in eastern Oklahoma. A native Oklahoman, she received an Honors B.A. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. with emphasis in congressional politics and public policy from the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, Courtney was a fellow at the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center. As a professor she taught classes in American politics, public policy, and research methods and conducted original research with a focus on the relationship between representatives and the constituents they serve.

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