qotd 9/12/17

“The substance abuse [program], CareerTech training, the GED — all these things that these guys need to be able to overcome poverty when they get out and reduce … the need to reoffend to support themselves. Because this is where true corrections comes in. Prisons are warehouses.”

– Enid Community Corrections Center Director Steve Kiss, explaining the need for more services in Oklahoma prisons in order to prevent recidivism (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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