Quote of the Day | October 3, 2019

“What would be helpful is to provide treatment as an option, as a carrot. I think people think you always need the stick, and that’s just not true. Even though we do need prisons and people will always go to them, people just don’t need that long to be punished, to be sorry and to change.”

– Kelly Doyle, a member of the Pardon and Parole Board and the Governor’s RESTORE Task Force on criminal justice reform, arguing for shorter prison sentences for people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes at the Task Force’s first public meeting [The Oklahoman]


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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