criminal justice reform

Three out of five measures that make up the Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform’s agenda this legislative session cleared an early deadline this week.

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A conservative think tank supporting a bill that would limit the practice of giving higher prison sentences to repeat nonviolent offenders says the move would save millions of dollars even though its benefits would affect fewer people than a recent failed state question.

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Oklahoma has made some big changes to its justice system in recent years. Activists and lawmakers proposed big picture reforms and some of the suggestions succeeded.

A judge has barred Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón from implementing a significant piece of his criminal justice reforms, ruling the progressive's policy to end sentencing enhancements in criminal cases is unlawful.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Civil Rights Attorney Ryan Kiesel about the Governor's State of the State Address and his push to get schools to open for in-person learning.

The trio also talks about the governor's mention of the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt v. Oklahoma decision and the lack of any mention of criminal justice reform.

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In his speech marking the start of the year’s legislative session on Monday, Governor Kevin Stitt didn’t mention ongoing efforts to reduce the state’s prison population and overhaul the criminal justice system.

To say that this nation's criminal justice system is deeply flawed is to flirt with understatement.

Everything from the oversurveillance of Black and Brown communities, to police brutality, to stop and frisk policies, to a multibillion-dollar prison labor industry demonstrates how a system ostensibly designed for fairness is anything but.

Oklahoma Senate

The state Legislature’s session was badly disrupted last year by the pandemic. It’s back starting Monday, and faces a long list of pressing issues and unfinished work from 2020.

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Saying it's time to act "because that's what faith and morality require us to do," President Biden on Tuesday signed four executive actions aimed at advancing racial equity for Americans the White House says have been underserved and left behind.

Biden said Tuesday that the measures follow one of his core campaign promises: to restore "the soul of the nation," as he often said during the presidential race.

"Our soul will be troubled," he said, "as long as systemic racism is allowed to exist."

OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

The state Board of Corrections approved a list of legislative requests on Wednesday that will be introduced to lawmakers during the next legislative session.

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