Help end over-incarceration by calling these legislators.

Oklahoma leads the nation in incarceration. Oklahomans are put behind bars for things as minor as simple drug possession and inability to pay a fine or a fee.  This practice costs our state millions of dollars which could go towards real solutions like job training and mental health and substance abuse treatment. Additionally, it is not making us any safer. Fortunately, there is something you can do right now. Please call your legislators and ask them to vote YES to two bills that will help break this cycle of over-incarceration.

Senate Bill 252

SB 252, authored by Sen. Roger Thompson and Rep. Chris Kannadywill help end pretrial detention for people accused of misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies who are locked up simply because they’re unable to buy their freedom from a bail bond agent. Thousands of people are sitting in jails in Oklahoma for the crime of being poor, sometimes for months. This time behind bars can result in lost jobs, lost housing, and child custody issues. SB 252 would let them return to their jobs and families. Please call members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and ask them to vote YES to SB 252.

Sen. Julie Daniels 405-521-5634
Sen. Darcy Jech 405-521-5545
Sen. Mary Boren 405-521-5553
Sen. Michael Brook 405-521-5557
Sen. Nathan Dahm 405-521-5551
Sen. Kay Floyd 405-521-5610
Sen. Brent Howard 405-521-5612
Sen. James Leewright 405-521-5528
Sen. Casey Murdock 405-521-5626
Sen. Lonnie Paxton 405-521-5537
Sen. Ron Sharp 405-521-5539
Sen. Darrell Weaver 405-521-5569

House Bill 1269

HB 1269, co-authored by Reps. Jon Echols and Jason Dunnington, would allow people convicted of simple drug possession and low-level property crime to be eligible for shorter sentences. In 2016, voters approved two major justice reform initiatives, State Questions 780 and 781. SQ 780 reclassified simple drug possession and several low-level property crimes as misdemeanors instead of felonies, and SQ 781 directed the long-term savings from lower incarceration rates towards county treatment and rehabilitation services. While these reforms have had an instant impact on our court system, thousands of Oklahomans remain in prison for offenses that today would be a misdemeanor. Please call the members of the House Judiciary Committee and ask them to vote YES to HB 1269.

Rep. Chris Kannady 405-557-7337
Rep. Danny Sterling 405-557-7349
Rep. Rhonda Baker 405-557-7311
Rep. Avery Frix 405-557-7302
Rep. Ben Loring 405-557-7399
Rep. Jason Lowe 405-557-7367
Rep. Robert Manger 405-557-7395
Rep. Terry O-Donnell 405-557-7379
Rep. Jim Olsen 405-557-7315
Rep. Mike Osburn 405-557-7360
Rep. David Perryman 405-557-7401
Rep. Dustin Roberts 405-557-7366
Rep. Judd Strom 405-557-7402
Rep. Johnny Tadlock 405-557-7363
Rep. Collin Walke 405-557-7335
Rep. Rande Worthen 405-557-7398

Published by Sabine Brown

Sabine Brown joined the Oklahoma Policy Institute as an Infrastructure and Access Senior Policy Analyst in January 2022. She previously worked at OK Policy from January 2018 until September 2020 as the Outreach and Legislative Director, and received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. Before joining OK Policy she served as the Oklahoma Chapter Leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Sabine also earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Health Science from the University of Oklahoma and was a physician assistant prior to discovering advocacy work. She grew up in Germany but has called Oklahoma home since 1998.