Chapter 2


Incarceration Doesn’t Make Oklahoma Communities Safer

Oklahoma’s criminal justice system should be focused on keeping communities safe, but instead at every stage of the system, it fails to rehabilitate, protect survivors, or strengthen community ties.

Hear D’Marria share the struggles people face when returning to their communities.

Pretrial Incarceration Hurts Oklahoma Communities

Underfunded and overcrowded jails separate thousands of Oklahomans from their families — many are incarcerated only because they can’t afford to buy their freedom.

Across the state, high bond amounts force people to decide between paying bond and other necessary expenses.

  • Garfield
    Felony: $7,500
    Misdemeanor: $1,500
  • Comanche
  • Tulsa
  • Oklahoma
Left: Misdemeanor bond in Garfield County
Right: Two months of rent for a two bedroom home

Oklahoma’s System is Not Fair

Across the state, due to Oklahoma’s unfair sentencing system, powerful district attorneys, and the lack of high quality alternatives, the type and length of sentences people receive varies dramatically across communities.

Imprisonment rates, changing prison admissions, and sentence lengths vary greatly across 77 counties and 27 DA districts

Click here for full county and district level data.

Oklahomans Deserve Real Second Chances

Oklahoma traps people in a cycle of failure. After release or conviction, people struggle to find housing, pay their fines and fees, and successfully move forward with their lives.

Putting together all the pieces needed for reentry can be difficult.

CHAPTER 2: More Work to Do

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