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Texan Spurs Oklahoma Governor to Reform Justice System

| August 7, 2017

Right On Crime (ROC) takes center stage in this NewsOK article from Capitol reporter Dale Denwalt. In the article, ROC Signatory Jerry Madden explains why he is getting involved in Oklahoma’s criminal justice reform efforts by reaching out to Governor Mary Fallin, Senate Pro Tem Mike Schultz, and House Speaker Charles McCall.

Madden wrote a letter to all three leaders encouraging them to pursue criminal justice reform in the next legislative session. Madden showcased the long term success of the reforms in Texas – reforms which Madden spearheaded in the Texas legislature – and he shared the obstacles he overcame to change the law.

While the article does not mention Madden’s letter specifically, it does clearly rescind one of the main arguments made by opponents of reform. Opponents claim Oklahoma is attempting to accomplish in one year what Texas did over the course of six years.  Madden very effectively undermines the credibility of that argument by pointing out, correctly, the reforms in Texas occurred much more quickly.


ANDREW SPENO previously worked as President of Media Strategies at Dry Design Group, a media consulting firm focusing on work with law firms, political candidates, lawmakers, and private companies. Andrew was the main news anchor at the Fox News affiliate in Oklahoma City from 2001 to 2012, while focusing on political and investigative reporting. His work won more than 25 awards from the Associated Press, Society for Professional Journalists, and The Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.

At Dry Design Group, Andrew trained attorneys in a wide range of practice areas to provide legal analysis for the media, served as press secretary for several Republican campaigns, and worked to introduce civil asset forfeiture reform to Oklahoma. Andrew uses his wide experience in politics and journalism to promote conservative criminal justice reform to both lawmakers and the general public. Andrew was a political science major at Illinois College, attended law school at Northern Illinois University, and did his graduate work in broadcast journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University.