Quote of the Day | September 10, 2018

“My idea of community service is a mechanism where defendants who could not afford programming or other fines, fees or costs. In lieu of those fines fees or costs, community service would be used as a punitive measure, which I think is totally appropriate. I think what has happened is everybody wants to get money from entities who can’t afford it and as a result we’ve created these unconscionable debts on individuals who can’t even pay them.”

-Bob Ravitz, chief public defender in Oklahoma County, speaking about how Oklahoma District 12 DA Matt Ballard is charging Oklahomans a monthly fee to participate in court-ordered community service [The Frontier]


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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