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Costs continue to rise

Katie Greer | October 2, 2018
Andrew Speno, Right on Crime’s state director for Oklahoma, talked to KOCO channel 5 News about the state’s bulging prison population and the fiscal crisis it presents. The corrections…

Juvenile justice still isn’t in Louisiana

Elain Ellerbe | June 20, 2018
Photo credit: Matthew Hinton of The Advocate  Long before Louisiana dived into reforming its criminal justice system lawmakers restructured the state’s juvenile system with the passage of the Juvenile…

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…

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…

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…
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