Who We Are

About Us

Led by former House Speaker Kris Steele, “Yes on 780 and 781” is an initiative of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, a coalition of community leaders and experts from across the state working to pass two state questions to reduce the prison population, save money and make Oklahoma communities safer by addressing the root causes of crime and helping return people, who have committed low-level offenses, to productive lives in the community.

We are comprised of some of Oklahoma’s most prominent faith leaders, law enforcement, elected officials, health professionals, and business leaders.

Member Organizations and Organization Endorsers:

  • ACLU of Oklahoma
  • 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 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

Individual Members and Individual Endorsers:

  • Tom Ward, Chairman and CEO, Tapstone Energy
  • Clay Bennett, Owner Oklahoma City Thunder & Chairman, Dorchester Capital Corporation
  • Gene Rainbolt, Chairman, BancFirst Corporation
  • 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
  • Bert Mackie, Trustee, Hamm Financial
  • Harold G. Hamm, Chairman and CEO, Continental Resources
  • John Browne, Mayor, City of McAlester
  • William Kellough, Former Tulsa County District Court Judge
  • Mike Booth, Potawatomie 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