Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform’s main goal this session is to bring Oklahoma’s prison sentences more in line with the national average.
Legislators concluded this year’s session after only passing one reform bill that could directly affect the size of the state’s prison population, but experts aren’t sure how much. Three Oklahoma voters said they want to see more progress.
Gov. Stitt lent support to several criminal justice reform initiative currently under consideration in the Legislature as well as some ideas that haven’t advanced.
Bill making some crimes retroactive would reduce prison population but could have unintended consequences
A bill in the state Legislature would make a controversial state question retroactive. As a result around hundreds of people could receive shorter prison sentences. But state prosecutors warn of unintended consequences.
Drug court participation dropped after passage of a controversial state question in 2016. District attorneys and some court officials disagree whether the new law is to blame for the decrease.
The 21 people released were helped through a months-long commutation process by advocacy group Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform.