Oklahoma City, Oklahoma —
"State leaders across the country are recognizing that there are research-based strategies for nonviolent offenders that can cut both crime and corrections costs," said Adam Gelb, Director of the Public Safety Performance Project at the Pew Center on the States. "With this bipartisan, interbranch working group, Oklahoma has an excellent opportunity to craft reforms that will give the state a better public safety return on its corrections dollars."
The CSG Justice Center’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative to address corrections spending and increase public safety is a partnership with the Public Safety Performance Project of the Pew Center on the States, with additional support to CSG from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. These efforts have provided similar data-driven analyses and policy options to state leaders in 14 states including Texas, where the state adopted policies that reduced recidivism and saved $443 million in FY 2008-2009 all while crime rates across the state continued to decline.
The Council of State Governments Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government. The Justice Center provides practical, nonpartisan advice and consensus-driven strategies—informed by available evidence—to increase public safety and strengthen communities.
More background information at: justicereinvestment.org/states/oklahoma/pubmaps-ok