Criminal Justice

What is the purpose of the Pardon and Parole Board?

Nowhere is the purpose of the Board spelled out. Occasionally a statutory scheme will begin with the title of the act, then define the terms of the act, and it will occasionally spell out a purpose. Such a purpose is nonexistent in Oklahoma law, at least with respect to the Board.

Ryan Haynie
January 8, 2021
Criminal Justice, Family & Community

Defunding the police is not the answer

Defunding the police is an unserious solution in search of a problem.

Ryan Haynie
December 21, 2020
Criminal Justice

Why SQ 805 fearmongering is false

Claims that the sky will fall if SQ 805 passes are absurd.

Trent England
October 31, 2020
Criminal Justice

SQ 805: objections v. reality

Let's talk about common objections to SQ 805 versus the reality of the state question's implications.

Ryan Haynie
October 30, 2020
Criminal Justice

My question for law-enforcement opponents of SQ 805

These law-enforcement officials would have us believe they don’t make law, but just enforce it as written. But they are some of the most vocal and active lobbying groups in the state. How many criminal justice reforms have we seen fought by the District Attorneys Association, Sheriffs Association, and Fraternal Order of Police?

Ryan Haynie
October 20, 2020
Criminal Justice

SQ 805 and the ‘violent offense’ list

There is massive confusion over which offenses are violent and why. We're here to clear it up.

Ryan Haynie
October 16, 2020
Criminal Justice

Red River rivalry and criminal justice

Tomorrow, the University of Oklahoma will face off against the University of Texas on the gridiron.

Ryan Haynie
October 9, 2020
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