The Criminal Justice Advisory Council is a task force comprised of business and community leaders, law enforcement, nonprofit service providers, attorneys, and judges who share an interest in making Oklahoma County’s justice system fair and effective. They produce reports on county-wide reform efforts each quarter. Download and read the full report linked below.
Highlights of the report:
The Crime and Justice Institute's study found that from July 1, 2015 to July 1, 2022, the jail's population reduced by 37% from 2,414 to 1,523.
The study also found that between 2015 and 2022 both the number of unique individuals booked into the jail and total admissions decreased by more than 40%.
The U.S. Department of Justice's Office recently awarded the Comprehensive Opioid Stimulant and Substance Use Site-based Program (COSSUP) grant to CJAC and Diversion Hub. The $1.6 million federal grant will fund the expansion of Diversion Hub's Misdemeanor Diversion Program, allowing for more than 500 new cases to be added.
In the ongoing process of planning and selecting a site for the new Oklahoma County Detention Center (OCDC), the recently appointed architects from HOK organized tours of two modern jails in Nashville and Wichita Falls. These visits were instrumental in shaping the vision for the new detention center and allowed the architects to determine key elements that are needed for OCDC's new facility.
Recently, CJAC released a series of new videos highlighting fair chance hiring. Studies show that, compared to the general workforce, justice-involved individuals have lower turnover rates, lower absenteeism, and higher retention rates. The videos spotlight employers in central Oklahoma including The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Diversion Hub, and Oklahoma County Treatment Courts.
Read the full report here.