Quote of the Day 1/13/2014

Today, GOP members fear that if they support reform efforts, they’ll be tagged as soft on crime — not by Democrats, but by other Republicans. Self-preservation is Goal No. 1 for most lawmakers. As a result, corrections reform usually just gets ignored. There’s too much downside politically.

But “corrections reform” can’t continue as a cuss word at the Capitol. Being No. 1 in the nation in female incarceration and among the top five in overall incarceration, with prisons that remain at or near capacity, inflicts enormous fiscal and social tolls. What Oklahoma needs is conservative lawmakers with the courage to stand up and face this issue and demand that their colleagues do the same.

-The Oklahoman Editorial Board (Source: http://bit.ly/1frB1QA)


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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