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A New Era in Criminal Justice for Oklahoma City

| October 2, 2017

It’s just a building in downtown Oklahoma City but city leaders hope it will come to symbolize the birth of a new era in criminal justice.

Mayor Mick Cornett took the opportunity at this week’s ribbon-cutting to promote criminal justice reform. This municipal court system will prioritize, for the first time in Oklahoma, pre-trial justice by conducting indigency hearings for offenders who cannot pay their fines. It will also offer OR bonds to people who do not pose a public safety threat.

This is very exciting for Oklahoma because Mayor Cornett is among five other GOP candidates, and three Democratic gubernatorial candidates, making criminal justice reform a platform priority. We have been meeting with candidates all over the state, at all levels of government, to encourage them to promote criminal justice reform as a priority issue.

We’ve had great success.

Right on Crime has worked directly with candidates for Governor, Labor Commissioner and Oklahoma County Commissioner by providing data, research and input on crafting policy goals. Among their greatest concerns are the financial and human total of over-crowding in both state prisons and county jails, the failure to treat mental illness during incarceration, and pre-trial justice for suspects who have been arrested but not convicted. Right On Crime, working in a coalition with other criminal justice reform groups, is making a significant impact in Oklahoma by changing attitudes among conservative lawmakers and candidates.

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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, and was the only main anchor in Oklahoma City to report almost daily, focusing on political and investigative reporting. His work has won more than 25 awards from the Associated Press, Society for Professional Journalists, and The Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters. He was also named on Oklahoma City’s “40 Under 40” list as one of the most influential people younger than 40 in 2003.

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 with State Senator Kyle Loveless and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs 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.

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