Quote of the Day 4/29/2015

“Hands them a sack and says, ‘Give me your money.’ Under the scenario today, he gets the maximum, 20 years. Twenty years, and he’s never committed a violent crime. Under this bill the judge can look at this and say, ‘Wait a minute, 20 years makes no sense.’ “The judges need to have that discretion.”

-Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Norman, speaking about a young man who was convicted of robbing a convenience store without using a weapon. The Legislature recently passed a bill that allows judges to depart from Oklahoma’s mandatory minimum sentences when it is in the interest of justice and public safety (Source).


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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