Criminal Justice

Bill offers former inmates a fresh start

Oklahoma has the highest incarceration rate in the United States, but state lawmakers are working to reform Oklahoma’s criminal justice system and help former offenders successfully reenter society after their release.

Kaitlyn Finley
February 8, 2019
Criminal Justice

Bill would let former prisoners work

If a person commits a crime, does his time, and then gets out of prison, should that person be allowed to get a job?

Trent England
January 14, 2019
Criminal Justice

Throw away the key?

Oklahoma is the most locked-up state in the country. More of our fellow residents are in prison or jail, as a share of our population, than in any other state.

Jonathan Small
November 2, 2018
Criminal Justice

Unlocking Oklahoma: Criminal justice reform in 2018

It’s been nearly two years since the passage of State Questions 780 and 781, but legislative work toward reforming Oklahoma’s justice system lags behind the progress made at the ballot box.

Cody Ray Milner
March 1, 2018
Budget & Tax, Criminal Justice

Back to basics

On Monday, Gov. Mary Fallin will deliver her final State of the State address to open the 2018 legislative session. For the governor in her final year in office, and for the Legislature in the second year of session, there’s plenty of unfinished business.

Jonathan Small
February 2, 2018
Criminal Justice

Enact criminal-justice reform

Oklahoma incarcerates women at double the rate of Thailand. Our female incarceration rate is not just the highest in the U.S., it’s the highest on the planet.

Andrew Speno
January 29, 2018