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Right on Crime in Oklahoma

| October 25, 2017

Oklahoma lawmakers gathered for a hearing on the interim study on criminal justice reform at the state capitol, Tuesday, October 24th. The Chairman of the study, Rep. Terry O’Donnell (R-Tulsa), invited former Texas Rep. Jerry Madden and Right on Crime’s Policy Director Marc Levin to share their insight and success stories with members of the Judiciary – Criminal Justice & Corrections committee.

Chairman O’Donnell commended Right On Crime for being instrumental in helping provide expert testimony on the success of reforms in other states. As the former Chairman of Corrections in tough-on-crime Texas, Rep. Madden shared his acumen with a detailed account of the politics and processes of promoting criminal justice reform among conservative lawmakers.
Levin’s testimony presented deep policy analysis that highlighted the benefits of Oklahoma Gov. Fallin’s Task Force recommendations. He then shared best practices for laying the foundation for additional reforms.

While visiting Oklahoma, Rep. Madden was afforded the opportunity to promote the goals of the legislative study during a live interview on KOKC AM-1520 Radio with Right On Crime’s State Director for Oklahoma, Andrew Speno.

Before heading back to Texas, Rep. Madden and Levin met with lawmakers to outline practical policy goals for the 2018 legislative session. Right on Crime’s Manager of State Initiatives, Greg Glod, aided in providing conservative strategies for promoting policy, navigating the legislative process and overcoming political obstacles.

 

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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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