COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS WEBINAR SERIESDecember 2, 2020 — Criminal Fines and Fees
Oklahoma Policy Institute’s Damion Shade, Center for Employment Opportunities’ Kelly Doyle, Forest Park Christian Church’s Reverend Bill Hemm, and our own Colleen McCarty discuss the reality of criminal fines and fees, how they impact Oklahomans, and potential policy solutions. November 18, 2020 — Faith Leader Round Table
Senator Dr. George Young, Reverend Chris Moore Fellowship Congregational Church, Reverend Tamara Lebak Restorative Justice Center, Reverend Robert Turner Vernon AME Church
Now that the election is over, we wanted to speak to our faith leader friends about civic friendship, how we can build bridges and bring people together who can so vehemently disagree.
June 29, 2020 — SQ780: FACTS VS. FAKE NEWS
Timothy Tardibono, Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council; Trent England, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs; Kris Steele, Executive Director of OCJR; Felicity Rose, FWD.US; Tyler Powell, CSS Partners.
SQ780, which made possession of drugs a misdemeanor in Oklahoma in 2016 through a popular vote of the people. Since that time, misinformation and legislative attacks have attempted to recriminalize aspects of drug possession. This webinar focuses on truths related to crime rates and reductions since the passage of SQ780, and dispels the myths.
June 22, 2020 — RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
Father William Holly; Pastor Arlando Jasper; Reverend Tamara Lebak; Reverend Lori Walke.
What is restorative justice? How does it intersect with our faith and religions? What does forgiveness look like? These topics and more are discussed in this webinar.
JUNE 11, 2020 — IMPACT OF INCARCERATION
Morgan Hale, law student; Mauree Turner, candidate for Oklahoma’s HD88; Shelley Cadamy, Metisse Group; Kylia, family member; Rachelle, family member.
Family members share their experiences and attempt to end the stigma of incarceration and what it is like to be a family member of someone incarcerated in Oklahoma.
June 5, 2020 — FINES AND FEES: THE HIDDEN COST OF OUR COURTS
Ryan Gentzler, Director of Open Justice Oklahoma; Nicole McAfee, Smart Justice Campaign Manager at Oklahoma ACLU; Kristina Saleh, Attorney with Still She Rises.
Listen as experts and practitioners discuss the challenging and complicated world of court fines and fees as well as court debt. This is one of the biggest challenges facing justice-involved Oklahomans.
May 22nd, 2020 — COVID-19 AND PRISONS
Mary Stebens, Regional Health Services Administrator for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections; Mike Carpenter, Chief of Operations for Oklahoma Department of Corrections; Tammy Franklin Executive Director of Branch15; Damion Shade, Criminal Justice Policy Analyst at Oklahoma Policy Institute; Colleen McCarty, Policy Counsel at OCJR.
Listen as insiders and researchers discuss the threat of COVID-19 in Oklahoma’s prisons.
May 11, 2020 — WHY WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH
Jacob Beaumont, Mental Health Association Oklahoma; Zack Stoycoff, Healthy Minds Initiative; Nisha Wilson, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Rev. Leonard S. Shepherd, Peters Chapel AME Church
Join Jacqueline Blocker, OCJR’s Engagement Director as she discusses mental health resources for those who are struggling, and what the state has to offer for anyone looking to engage in therapy.
May 1, 2020 — YOU’RE NOT ALONE: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES
Tracy Lyall, Executive Director of Domestic Violence Intervention Services; Angela Beatty, Senior Director of Domestic Violence Victims’ Services of YWCA of Oklahoma City; Molly Bryant, Outreach Coordinator at Domestic Violence Intervention Services; Brandon Pasley, Senior Director of Specialized Training at YWCA Oklahoma City.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence reports have increased globally. These experts share resources for anyone experiencing domestic violence. Please watch and share these resources if you know anyone who wants or needs to take next steps to exit a violent situation.