Bail reform is
Possible this session

While Oklahoma’s criminal justice system continues to make national news, locally legislators have the opportunity to begin to address our mass incarceration crisis, including the 70 percent of Oklahomans who are being detained in county jails pre-trial.

What is Money Bail

In Oklahoma, money bail means people who have never had their day in court spend weeks, if not months or years locked in a jail cell. While bail is supposed to be used as a mechanism to ensure someone reappears in court, arbitrary money amounts mean Oklahoma families and communities suffer when someone cannot buy a chance at justice.

Money bail is meant to provide an assurance that people accused of a crime return for their court date. In reality, it creates two systems in our pay-for-play legal system, one for those with enough money to buy their freedom pre-trial and one that holds those who cannot pay for ransom, an unjust leverage that often forces people into unfair plea agreements.

Oklahoma has had the highest incarceration rate of women in the country since 1991. Your DA can choose to separate families and push women and mothers into the criminal justice system or give them a second chance to learn from their mistakes.
No one is above the law, not even police officers. Your DA can take officer-involved shootings seriously by investigating them and holding police accountable, or they can turn a blind eye to officers who shoot and kill members of our community.
Mass Incarceration
Overzealous prosecution by DAs and harsh punishment caused mass incarceration. DAs can end it in Oklahoma by choosing rehabilitation and prevention instead of using incarceration as a one-size-fits-all solution to crime.
The actions of your DA can trigger deportation proceedings and tear families apart by cracking down on minor offenses like selling fruit on a sidewalk. Or they can use their discretion in a way that keeps families together.
Equal Treatment
DAs should seek justice and ensure equal treatment under the law. They can make sure the right people are charged for the the right reasons, or allow the system to target people because of race, because they can’t afford a lawyer, or because they are disabled.
Mental Illness & Substance Abuse
Your DA can choose to keep packing our prisons and jails with people with mental illness and substance use disorders—that are guaranteed to make them worse—or provide more effective local services like rehabilitation and community mental health.

A fairer criminal justice system begins with your vote for District Attorney

  • First Day
    Early Vote
    June 21
  • Last Day
    Early Vote
    June 23
  • Primary
    Election Day
    June 26
  • Primary
    Election Runoff
    August 28
  • General
    Election Day
    November 6

The next election for District Attorneys in Oklahoma will be in 2022.

A fairer criminal justice system begins with our votes and our voices.

About Us

The ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice is an unprecedented, multi-year effort to reduce the U.S. jail and prison population by 50% and to combat racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Oklahoma holds the shameful title highest females incarceration rate in the world. The racial disparities of Oklahoma prisons are staggering, as black men are five times as likely to serve time as their white counterparts.

Imprisonment is a brutal and costly response to crime that traumatizes incarcerated people and hurts families and communities. It should be the last option, not the first. Yet the U.S. incarcerates more people, in both absolute numbers and per capita, than any other nation in the world. The Campaign for Smart Justice is fighting in the legislatures, the courts, and in the streets to end mass incarceration.