Am I such a danger to the people? (Guest Post: Camille Landry)

Camille Landry is a writer, activist, and advocate for social justice who lives in Oklahoma City. This is the fifth in Camille’s series, “Neglected Oklahoma”, focused on Oklahomans who find themselves in a position where the basic necessities of life… Read more [More...]

Watch This: Michelle Alexander on ‘The New Jim Crow’

New York Times bestselling author and civil rights attorney Michelle Alexander spoke this year as the John W. Hager Distinguished Lecture in Law guest speaker at The University of Tulsa College of Law on March 6.   In this hour long… Read more [More...]

Upcoming Event: Michelle Alexander & ‘The New Jim Crow’ March 6th

The University of Tulsa College of Law will host Michelle Alexander, acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar, on March 6th for the John W. Hager Distinguished Lecture in Law.  The Hager Lecture is held annually in memory of… Read more [More...]

SQ 762: Is Oklahoma ready to be smart on crime?

To find more about all of the state questions on the ballot in November, see our 2012 State Questions page. State Question 762, on the ballot this November, would make paroles granted by the Pardon and Parole Board for non-violent… Read more [More...]

Five reasons poverty persists in Oklahoma

Poverty has been a part of Oklahoma’s landscape since before statehood.  Early settlers faced enormous odds – drought, food insecurity, and nonexistent infrastructure – and possessed few material resources.  During the Great Depression, the state lost nearly half a million… Read more [More...]

Oklahoma’s Unemployment Gap (Part Two): Why the labor market isn't colorblind

This post is the second in a three-part series on “Oklahoma’s Unemployment Gap,” examining the persistence of racial disparities in unemployment.  Part One introduced the unemployment gap and presents preliminary descriptive data on state labor market trends by race.  Part… Read more [More...]

What's been done and what still needs doing on corrections reform

Oklahoma leads the nation for percentage of incarcerated women and is near the top for incarcerated men. Our prisons are at more than 95 percent capacity with only 70 percent staffing, which creates a dangerous environment for both guards and… Read more [More...]