About

Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform advances safety, restoration and freedom in Oklahoma. We are a coalition of business and community leaders, law enforcement experts, service providers and advocates committed to justice reforms that improve public safety by reducing Oklahoma’s bloated prison population, saving taxpayer dollars, reinvesting in alternatives, and keeping families together.

In 2016, we led the “Yes on 780 and 781” initiative to pass State Questions 780 and 781. These citizen-generated ballot measures reclassified drug possession as a misdemeanor and reinvested savings in alternatives and treatment. Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly supported these common sense reforms that make our community safer by addressing the root causes of crime and helping people who have committed low-level offenses return to productive lives.

In 2018, we relaunched as a 501c3 nonprofit committed to research, education and advocacy focused on continued criminal justice reforms in Oklahoma.

Board Of Directors

Sue Ann Arnall, President, Arnall Family Foundation

Clay Bennett, Chairman, Dorchester Capital Corporation

Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, Founder, Terence Crutcher Foundation

Sarah Edwards, Attorney, Hartzog Conger Cason

Susan Esco, Community Advocate for Oklahoma’s Marginalized Women

Danielle Ezell, Partner, Mettise Group

Gene Rainbolt, Chairman Emeritus, BancFirst Corporation

Felicity Rose, Director of Research - Criminal Justice Reform, FWD.us

Amy Santee, Senior Program Officer, George Kaiser Family Foundation

Kris Steele, Executive Director, TEEM, former Speaker of the House

Tom Ward, CEO, Mach Resources

Rev. George Young, Ph.D, Oklahoma State Senator

Staff

Kris Steele, Executive Director, kris@okjusticereform.org

Jacqueline Blocker, Engagement Director, jacqueline@okjusticereform.org

Membership

Organizations

  • CEO Works
  • Family and Children’s Services (Women in Recovery)
  • Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma
  • George Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
  • Intertribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes
  • Mental Health Association Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma ACLU
  • Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice
  • Oklahoma Conference of Churches
  • Oklahoma Corrections Professionals PAC
  • Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs Impact
  • Oklahoma Policy Institute
  • Oklahoma Right on Crime
  • Oklahoma Behavioral Health Association
  • Oklahoma Women’s Coalition
  • ReMerge
  • The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM)
  • The Oklahoma Academy
  • Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Workforce Tulsa
  • YWCA Tulsa

Individuals

  • Brad Henry, Former Oklahoma Governor
  • Rev. Dr. George E. Young, Sr., State Representative
  • Rev. Theodis R. Manning, Sr., Senior Pastor, Divine Wisdom Worship Center
  • Ray Owens, Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church
  • Joe Johnston, CEO, Catalyst Treatment Centers
  • J. Larry Nichols, Chairman, Devon Energy Corporation
  • Dr. Hance Dilbeck, President, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
  • John Groendyke, CEO, Groendyke Transport
  • John Browne, Mayor, City of McAlester
  • William Kellough, Former Tulsa County District Court Judge
  • Mike Booth, Pottawatomie County Sheriff
  • Joel Kerns, Pittsburg County Sheriff
  • Ed Smith, Seminole Police Chief
  • Robert Henry, President, Oklahoma City University, Former Oklahoma Attorney General and Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit