Quote of the Day | December 3, 2018

“It’s very encouraging to see that State Question 780 is working as intended. Oklahoma’s experience shows that we can have both less crime and less punishment if we pursue smart criminal justice reform.”

-Ryan Gentzler, director of Open Justice Oklahoma, which just released a report showing the number of felony cases with simple drug possession charges dropped from nearly 19,000 in FY 2017 to under 5,000 in FY 2018, while the number of felony cases with property crime charges dropped from about 13,000 to about 9,000 [Source: NewsOK]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gene Perry joined OK Policy in January 2011. 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. Gene also serves on the board of the Oklahoma Sustainability Network, is a trustee of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, and has chaired the communications advisory committee for the State Priorities Partnership, a nationwide network of state fiscal policy think tanks. He lives in Tulsa with his wife Kara Joy McKee, who is a Tulsa City Councilor.

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