Over the last few years, Oklahoma has had its eye on criminal justice reform, but it has remained one of the last holdouts for such reforms. As a result
of its tough penalties for drug offenses, including simple possession, and non-violent property crimes, the state has led the nation and even the world
in incarceration rates. However, voters decided enough was enough, and 2016 marked a significant moment in the state's criminal justice reform efforts.
Still, despite significant reforms and even a record-breaking commutation this year, the state has a long way to go in reforming the criminal justice
system. read more
A multi-agency investigation into Oklahoma prostitution rings has led to eight arrests so far, including two educators from the small town of Ripley, Oklahoma.
"Operation Velvet Fury" is a crackdown targeting organized prostitution using dark web communications and online forums to arrange prostitution at
local massage parlors and businesses that were used as fronts for commercial sex. read more
Oklahoma and drug news seem to go hand-in-hand in recent years: Tulsa has been dubbed the meth capital of the world; Oklahoma has one of the highest incarceration
rates in the nation due to tough drug laws; Every legislative session, voters approve the easing of drug crime penalties; The state is at the center
of the opioid crisis; Voters approved medical marijuana. The list goes on and on. read more
In Oklahoma, there is such a thing as justifiable homicide, in which the killing of another person is not against the law. However, there are specific
circumstances under which a homicide is considered justified, and "disrespect," is not one of them. read more