The State of Oklahoma’s Criminal Legal System
At the height of Oklahoma’s incarceration rate, crime rates continued to grow.
higher burglary rate than the national average
more likely for black Oklahomans to be incarcerated than their white counterparts
highest incarceration rate
1 out of 3
relationships experience domestic violence
Serve as a catalyst for systemic change in Oklahoma’s criminal legal system to promote just and appropriate accountability while reducing mass incarceration and its generational harm to families.
What we've accomplished
Oklahoma’s prison population has decreased by 21% since 2016, and crime rates have fallen along with it.
What we’re working on
There is still work to be done to make Oklahoma communities safer, save taxpayer dollars, and improve justice system outcomes.
Helped reduce Oklahoma's prison population by 5,000 since 2016, and Oklahoma has closed four prisons.
Investments in community mental health and addiction treatment.
Oklahoma's Clean Slate law.
Oklahomans currently serve...
longer in prison for theft and fraud,
longer for drug trafficking, and
longer for motor vehicle theft than the national average.
in prison cost saved since 2016
could be saved by reducing sentences of surrounding states
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OCJR publishes non-partisan, research-backed media that empowers Oklahomans with actionable information and resources.
Breaking the Cycle: Understanding the School-to-Prison Pipeline
As our Oklahoma students go back to school this year, it is critical that we take a serious look at the reality of the school-to-prison pipeline and its tangible consequences to our communities. Xavier Graves of The Restorative Justice Institute of Oklahoma delves into the disturbing reality of the school-to-prison pipeline, an alarming phenomenon that highlights the interconnectedness between educational inequalities and the criminal justice system. The article sheds light on how systemic factors, such as zero-tolerance policies contribute to the disproportionate funneling of marginalized students, particularly those of color, from schools into the criminal justice system. It is important to center the conversation in the need for comprehensive reform efforts that prioritize restorative justice, equitable educational resources, and alternatives to punitive disciplinary measures, aiming to dismantle the destructive trajectory of the school-to-prison pipeline and foster a more just and inclusive society.
Returning Oklahomans Deserve a Fighting Chance
Our Project Manager, Jennifer Williams, speaks on how complex re-entry, misleading notions such as "tough on crime", and the issue of homelessness truly is in Oklahoma and nationwide. Her diverse background as a police officer, a correctional officer, and now a reform advocate she brings a new perspective that is often missing in this space.
Community Conversation: Beyond Bars and Beyond: Understanding LGBTQIA+ Over-Incarceration
Join ACLU Oklahoma, Foundation for Liberating Minds, and us for a thought-provoking webinar that delves into the critical issue of LGBTQIA+ over-incarceration. Our Community Conversation will shed light on the unique challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals within the criminal justice system and explore pathways to create a more equitable and inclusive future.
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Building a United Coalition
We’ve built a coalition of legislators and policy organizations that play a vital role in putting proven criminal justice alternatives into action.
As a nonpartisan organization, we identify common ground in the legislative space and alert our coalition partners to it. With one ear to the state senate floor and the other to the criminal legal reform national stage, OCJR unites network partners in our state and beyond to draft data-driven policies that better protect and serve Oklahoma communities and maximize the impact of taxpayer dollars.