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 2024 Legislative Tracker
Stay informed on criminal justice reform legislation in Oklahoma with Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform's legislative tracker. Updated weekly, track bills progressing through the legislative session, including good, bad, and neutral bills. Stay engaged in the legislative process and advocate for positive change!
The Impact of Discrimination on Justice-Involved Individuals' Access to Housing in Oklahoma
Formerly incarcerated neighbors are struggling to find housing; this issue revolves around the barriers they face due to their criminal records. Many landlords and housing providers conduct background checks, denying housing opportunities to those with past convictions. This exclusion perpetuates a cycle of homelessness and reoffending, making it difficult for formerly incarcerated people to reintegrate into society successfully. Addressing this issue requires policies that promote fair housing practices, reduce discrimination based on criminal records, and support reintegration efforts to provide stable housing for those reentering communities after incarceration.
Community Conversation: Empowering Change in Oklahoma's Criminal Justice Reform Landscape in 2024
Join our Community Conversation on Empowering Change in Oklahoma's Criminal Justice Reform Landscape in 2024! In the grand tapestry of history, the evolution of criminal justice has been both a reflection and catalyst of societal values.
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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.