VOICE leaders have worked on criminal justice reform since our founding. After listening to stories from people in our member institutions about how they struggled with heavy debt related to criminal justice fees, VOICE was among the very first organizations to raise the issue of fines and fees. VOICE leaders put this issue on the map in recent criminal justice reform efforts in the city, and sparked new research by others on the impacts of a dysfunctional funding system.
Leaders are now focused on working effectively with the new Oklahoma County Sheriff on jail conditions and transparency, contributing to policy work on aspects of criminal justice reform, and calling for retroactive options related to State Question 780, which was passed with a significant margin by Oklahomans in fall 2016.
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Deadline extended: Applications due May 24. Download the application here. The Sheriff's Office anticipates a June start-up.