Criminal Justice

Public safety, sentencing reform not incompatible

Members of the Criminal Justice Reclassification Coordination Council want Oklahomans to think the only way to reduce the state prison population and its taxpayer expense is to let predators walk free. That’s verifiable nonsense that should be rejected.

Jonathan Small
October 13, 2021
Criminal Justice

Contrasting estimates presented on sentencing reform plan

After a lengthy development process, officials have presented lawmakers with a proposed overhaul of sentencing laws in Oklahoma.

Ray Carter
October 7, 2021
Criminal Justice

Expungement reform can promote safety and personal responsibility

Data and a growing number of officials are finding that allowing certain people to expunge their criminal records results in less crime and greater personal responsibility.

Jonathan Small
September 13, 2021
Criminal Justice

Expungement reform touted as way to reduce crime

If the Oklahoma government allows automatic expungement of certain lower-level criminal convictions, it will help people who have served their sentences to again become productive members of society and make them less likely to reoffend, a panel of experts told state lawmakers during an interim study.

Ray Carter
August 31, 2021
Criminal Justice

Abuse of tribal police alleged in Cherokee Nation

Many Cherokees indicate their tribal police have too often been used as political enforcers rather than as law-enforcement officials.

Ray Carter
August 30, 2021
Criminal Justice

McGirt ruling freeing criminals with little Indian heritage

McGirt is now forcing the retrial and potential release of convicted criminals whose heritage is predominantly something other than American Indian.

Ray Carter
August 17, 2021
Criminal Justice

Tribes go AWOL on McGirt response

Tribal-government officials went AWOL at a recent Tulsa forum when given the opportunity to publicly discuss how they will preserve public safety on reservation land.

Jonathan Small
August 3, 2021
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