What is a District Attorney?
District attorneys in Oklahoma have tremendous power to impact the lives of millions of people, their families, and entire communities. If someone is accused of committing a crime, it is not the police but the DA who has the sole power to decide if criminal charges are filed and the severity of those charges. They alone decide who is deserving of a jail or prison sentence and who will instead be routed into a diversion program to help rebuild their life, or have charges dismissed.
District attorneys in Oklahoma are elected to serve 4 year terms. The next elections will take place June 26 and November 6, 2018.
A fairer criminal justice system begins with your vote for District Attorney
Early VoteJune 21
Early VoteJune 23
Election DayJune 26
Election RunoffAugust 28
Election DayNovember 6
The last day to register to vote for the General Election is October 12.
A fairer criminal justice system begins with our votes and our voices.
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.