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OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Kevin Stitt and legislative leaders yesterday announced support for a package of bills related to the criminal legal system. The policies highlighted are a strong departure from Stitt’s previous rhetoric on the issue. The announcement shifted away from key pieces of legislation that would have a real impact on the number of people in prison and jails, begin to address the mass incarceration crisis, and stop Oklahoma’s continuing margin of growth in rate of incarceration, in favor of the familiar promise of real reform next year. 

OKLAHOMA CITY -  Senate Bill 711, on the House Public Safety Committee agenda for Thursday, is a dangerous and laughable effort to increase prosecutorial leverage against the accused while fueling Oklahoma’s mass incarceration crisis and adding to the racial disparities that exist in Oklahoma’s criminal justice system.  

OKLAHOMA CITY – In response to the resignation of Nowata County Sheriff Terry Sue Barnett, along with the county’s undersheriff, all of the deputies, most of the jail staff, and the head dispatcher, a second story of a person lost in the system in the Oklahoma County Jail, and the news of suit filed in Washington County over their debtors prison the ACLU of Oklahoma released the following statements: 
 
The following is attributable to Jill Webb, Legal Director:
 

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Contact:    Nicole McAfee, Smart Justice Campaign Manager, 830-334-1660; nmcafee@acluok.org 

OKLAHOMA CITY - The ACLU of Oklahoma’s Campaign for Smart Justice released key findings of a survey completed by EMC Research of likely voters in 2020 that demonstrates support for criminal justice reform remains high across the state, no matter political affiliation.

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Contact: Nicole McAfee, Smart Justice Campaign Manager, 830-334-1660; nmcafee@acluok.org

Join fellow advocates and the ACLU of Oklahoma’s Campaign for Smart Justice as we fight for meaningful criminal justice reform this legislative session.
 
Oklahoma’s criminal justice system is in crisis and can no longer stand for meager reforms. We are number one in incarceration rates per capita in the world. We incarcerate the most women. We incarcerate the most people of color. We incarcerate the most people.
 
But lawmakers will have an opportunity to make a difference this session and they want to hear from you!
 

First-Of-Its-Kind Tool Launches as New Poll Shows Broad Bipartisan Support for Criminal Justice Reform 

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October 10, 2018  

CONTACT: Allie Shinn, Director of External Affairs, 405-314-4872; ashinn@acluok.org
Nicole McAfee, Smart Justice Campaign Manager, 830-334-1660; nmcafee@acluok.org

In Friday's Oklahoman (bit.ly/BHermanson), the new President of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association, Brian Hermanson, DA for Kay and Noble Counties, made the case that District Attorneys do not have to be the enemy of criminal justice reform. I agree. 

Mothers in jail are being torn from their families and losing contact with their children even before they have been convicted of a crime.