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Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform publishes articles on issues that are important to the criminal justice reform movement in Oklahoma.

Trichell Jones: When Survivors Are Criminalized

By Jacqueline Blocker | May 11, 2021

Jones was arrested on January 13, 2019 for shooting and killing her longtime boyfriend Quaylan Jeffers. Jones lived with Jeffers between 2006 and 2017 and she was finally leaving him after suffering years of documented abuse.

A Message from OCJR’s New Deputy Director

By okcjr | May 3, 2021

Today I am excited to announce that I have accepted the position of Deputy Director for Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform. I am thankful for the opportunity and for the groundwork laid by my predecessor, Clint Castleberry, who will continue his amazing work at the Department of Corrections as the state begins to implement Medicaid Expansion.

2021: Oklahoma Criminal Justice Reform Steps Forward, Steps Back

By Colleen McCarty | April 26, 2021

It’s time to recap some of the major wins, losses, and what’s on the horizon for advocates of criminal justice reform in Oklahoma.

AG’s Criminal Justice Council Releases Sentencing Plan for Oklahoma

By Colleen McCarty | April 12, 2021

Oklahoma has a chance at substantive sentencing reform for the first time in its statehood and the people tasked with guiding that reform have released a draft proposal for what it might look like.

SB334: Creating Felons and Punishing Taxpayers

By Colleen McCarty | April 1, 2021

The sponsor and supporters of SB 334 believe an Oklahoman committing misdemeanor theft at a rate of $5 a day … should be incarcerated for up to two years at a total potential cost of nearly $40,000. You foot the bill with your tax dollars and the cost represents 20X the value of stolen merchandise in these cases.

Criminal Justice Reform Bills to Advocate For

By Colleen McCarty | March 22, 2021

The Oklahoma Senate and the Oklahoma House of Representatives hit one of their big deadlines on March 11th, 2021. That deadline requires that all bills that will advance to become law be passed off the floor in their house of origin before that date. This ensures enough time for the bill to pass through the…

SQ781 Funding – Money for Addiction Treatment

By Colleen McCarty | February 16, 2021

It has been almost five years since the voters affirmatively said “yes!” to criminal justice reform that can save lives and taxpayer dollars. In those five years, the relevant stakeholders have not been able to settle upon a correct dollar amount that can be funneled into the SQ781 fund.

Oklahoma Senate Bill 686: Hospice Care Work Program

By Colleen McCarty | February 3, 2021

End of life care is something many people need in order to die with dignity – including Oklahomans who are incarcerated.

Oklahoma House Bill 1625 – Possession with Intent to Distribute Reform

By Colleen McCarty | February 3, 2021

Defines possession with intent to distribute (PWID) to distinguish between PWID (a felony) and simple possession (a misdemeanor). This change prevents inappropriate and inconsistent charging practices.

Medical Parole Reform – HB1903, SB320, & SB396

By Colleen McCarty | February 3, 2021

These bills define medical frailty and medical vulnerability for medical parole consideration to expand compassionate release and safely reduce the prison population.