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Seeking “Smart Justice” and promised reforms Oklahoma’s American Civil Liberties Union organizes Day at Capitol

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – At a late March state Capitol event, the American Civil Liberties of Oklahoma — in collaboration with Smart Justice Oklahoma — pressed legislators to advance promised criminal justice reforms in the current legislative session. In conjunction with a lobbying day they hosted at the state Capitol in Oklahoma […]

Commentary: Scott Biggs and the ‘four-corners’ stalling tactic on criminal justice reform

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Once upon a time in Oklahoma, elected representatives of the people enacted  the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), a package of laws designed to shift some criminal justice provisions from unnecessarily punitive strictures toward proven methods that have led to lower costs, less crime and more compassionate responses to the […]

Criminal justice reform advocates back Task Force measures at Capitol Rally

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Criminal justice reform advocates from around the state gathered at the State Capitol on Wednesday (May 11) to urge legislators to advance the remaining Justice Reform Task Force bills, developed through the work of a panel chosen by Governor Mary Fallin, this session. Advocates say that passage of the bills […]

Will legislative Republicans kill criminal justice reform for a second time?

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Former Speaker of the House Kris Steele, who now runs Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, is encouraging a freshman Republican member of the state House of Representatives “to take a deep breath, relax and stop misleading the public.” Steele issued a press release with that comment, in response […]

Steele says State Questions 780 and 781 are vital, Right on Crime group presses for voter approval

  Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Last week, former Oklahoma Speaker of the House Kris Steele expressed disappointment after some law enforcement officials around the state expressed opposition to State Questions 780 and 781. Steele, chairman of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, said in a statement sent to CapitolBeatOK and other news organizations: “The […]

A Smarter Approach to Public Safety: Yes on 780 and 781

By Kris Steele We have a broken criminal justice system. Oklahoma has the highest incarceration rate in the country for women and the second-highest overall rate. Oklahomans spend $515 million a year to pay for corrections — a cost that has grown by 172 percent over the past two decades. Our prisons are overcrowded, and […]

Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform host town hall meetings regarding state questions

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Proponents of State Questions 780 and 781, Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, have scheduled a series of town hall meetings throughout the state during August. Their goal is to inform voters about the two initiatives appearing on the November 8 election ballot. Led by former House Speaker Kris Steele, […]

Broad coalition presses for criminal justice reform in Oklahoma

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor (Second of two articles on the Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform campaign) OKLAHOMA CITY – With signatures totaling more than 220,000 names on a pair of proposed ballot initiatives, chances are that Oklahomans will vote on State Questions 780 and 781 this November. In addition to the broad success in […]

After submission of more than 200,000 signatures, ballot status likely for historic criminal justice reform initiatives

Staff Report (First of two articles on the Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform campaign) OKLAHOMA CITY – A pair of ballot initiatives aiming to advance significant reform in state prison and sentencing policy appear to have qualified for the November general election ballot in Oklahoma. In early June, Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform delivered about […]

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