Oklahoma Voters Want To Reduce Excessive Sentences
Meet Kayla Jo Jeffries
Kayla started her 20-year sentence when she was just 23 years old. She is a mother of two young children and now has a cosmetology license.
Meet Felicia Witherspoon
Meet Juanita peralta
In 2015, Felicia Witherspoon, 42, a mother of three was convicted of simple drug possession and given a 20-year sentence.
Meet Juanita Peralta
Meet Juanita peralta
Juanita, a mother of six, is currently serving a 15-year sentence for drug possession at Oklahoma's Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Center. She hopes to return to her family soon.
What You Need To Know
In 2016, Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform organized the statewide, citizen-led effort to pass State Questions 780 and 781, which reclassified drug possession as a misdemeanor and reinvested savings in alternatives and treatment.
It was a big step forward. But thousands of Oklahomans are still serving long prison sentences for drug possession, simply because they were sentenced before these measures took effect. This is wrong. Project Commutation is an attempt to put things right.
Imprisoning these people for decades limits their potential and drains the state budget, so we’re working to fix it. In May, we started helping dozens of incarcerated Oklahomans apply to reduce their excessive sentences to fit current law. The Pardon and Parole Board will decide soon whether to send these commutation requests to the governor, who has the final say.
An overwhelming majority of Oklahomans already voted that the state should not send people to prison for drug possession. Let’s listen to voters, change these excessive sentences and build a stronger, safer Oklahoma.
We are grateful to our partners across the state who have joined us in this effort including University of Tulsa law students, the Tulsa County Public Defender’s office, service providers Resonance, the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), Women in Recovery, Family & Children's Services, Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, and criminal justice reform advocates.