Quote of the Day 11/12/2013

[Ex-felons] see their incomes fall, their credit ratings worsen, their prospects for housing and employment dim, and their chances of ending up back in jail or prison increase. Despite serving their sentences, these debts keep them tethered to the criminal justice system — sometimes decades after they complete their sentences — and under constant threat of being sent back to jail or prison, solely because they cannot afford to pay an unmanageable legal debt.

-Ryan Kiesel and Eric Balaban, on the trend of Oklahoma’s court system assessing increasingly large fines and fees and incarcerating those who cannot pay (Source: http://bit.ly/17sgRlZ)


Gene Perry worked for OK Policy from 2011 to 2019. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism.

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