The United States incarcerates its citizens more than any other country. Mass incarceration disproportionately impacts the poor and people of color and does not make us safer.
Racial disparities persist at every level from misdemeanor arrests to executions. The “tough on crime” policies that led to mass incarceration are rooted in the belief that Black and brown people are inherently guilty and dangerous—and that belief still drives excessive sentencing policies today.
*. Increase the number deferred to community programs for individuals
working through the dis-ease of substance abuse and mental health
* Reduce black and brown juveniles contact with law enforcement
* Reform the bail bond system
*. Reduce the number of wrongful convictions of black and brown adults
* Improve living conditions for inmates and working conditions for staff in
Oklahoma jails and prisons