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Oklahoma Pardon & Parole Board reviews cases for commutation

Andrew Speno | August 30, 2018
Photo by The Oklahoman  The systemic problems contributing to Oklahoma’s bloated prison population are complex and multifaceted. There is no simple solution. But Oklahoma’s Pardon & Parole Board made…

Oklahoma is officially number one

Andrew Speno | June 13, 2018
Photo credit: Tom Luker/Tulsa World As Oklahomans, we are accustomed to bracing ourselves for the worst whenever a new list of state rankings comes out.  But our newest claim…

Criminal justice reform headed to Oklahoma Governor’s desk

Andrew Speno | April 25, 2018
This week, Oklahoma took a major leap forward when seven bills crafted from Governor Fallin’s Task Force recommendations passed the House and Senate floors. These seven bills specifically target…

Criminal justice reform bills stalled in Oklahoma

Andrew Speno | April 10, 2018
The Teachers’ Union walkout at the Oklahoma State Capitol has eclipsed all other pressing policy issues, so the progress we expected by now on our criminal justice reform bills…

Oklahoma’s Misdemeanor Drug Courts Need Promotion

Andrew Speno | February 22, 2018
Are some prosecutors and defense lawyers under the mistaken impression drug courts are only available for defendants facing felony charges? Former State Rep. Ben Sherrer (D-Pryor), now a criminal…

Enact Criminal Justice Reform

Andrew Speno | February 1, 2018
This article by Andrew Speno originally appeared at Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs Leader on January 29th, 2018. Thailand is a third-world country notorious for human rights abuses and a corrupt criminal…

New Prisons Would Not Increase Public Safety

Andrew Speno | January 31, 2018
Oklahoma stands on the edge of an unprecedented budget crisis with a conservative predicted shortfall of $600 million going into the 2018 legislative session.  Programs and services are already…

Civil Asset Forfeiture Compared to ‘Going Fishing’

Andrew Speno | January 12, 2018
“It’s really kind of like going fishing,” is how one Oklahoma District Attorney Council spokesman describes the civil asset forfeiture process. “There are times when you go fishing and…

A Dismal Christmas for Department of Corrections

Andrew Speno | December 15, 2017
Egregious overcrowding and decrepit facilities are converging upon Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections like a perfect storm. The tough-on-crime policies of yesteryear, particularly mandatory minimum sentencing, have come back to haunt…

Oklahoma’s Budget Crisis

Andrew Speno | December 4, 2017
Oklahoma continues sliding deeper into its budget crisis as the Department of Corrections Director is now requesting an additional one billion dollars to accommodate the state’s growing inmate population.…

Right on Crime in Oklahoma

Andrew Speno | 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…

A New Era in Criminal Justice for Oklahoma City

Andrew Speno | 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…
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