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Oklahoma Poll Reveals Strong Support for Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | April 5, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 5, 2019 CONTACT: Andrew Speno 405-315-5924 aspeno@rightoncrime.com Oklahoma City, OK — A poll commissioned by Right on Crime and conducted by Ascend Perspectives revealed a…

Voters in Four Oklahoma Legislative Districts Signal Strong Support for Criminal Justice Reforms

Right on Crime | April 4, 2019
In new polling of registered voters in four Oklahoma legislative districts conducted for Right on Crime, voters have signaled their belief that there are too many Oklahomans in prison…

Oklahoma District Attorney Supervision: An Unpopular Patchwork Policy

Joe Griffin | March 12, 2019
While much attention has been given to Oklahoma’s large prison population, further attention needs to be focused on the fines and fees that fund the state’s criminal justice system…

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…

Tulsa County sees success in criminal justice reforms after one year

Joe Griffin | September 21, 2018
Despite a series of reforms passed by the legislature, Oklahoma remains a negative example to rest of the nation for the perils of over-incarceration. This week, however, the Tulsa…

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…

Right on Crime Thanks Oklahoma Legislators for Sending Reform to Governor’s Desk

Right on Crime | April 26, 2018
Austin, TX — On Tuesday, the Oklahoma legislature held final votes in each chamber to send all seven criminal justice reform bills to Governor Fallin that came from the…

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…
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