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Criminal justice reform advocates call on Oklahoma employers to hire more ex-prisoners

It has taken more than a year to move from a jail cell to an office desk, but for Brandi Davis, a recovering opioid addict who faced a lengthy prison term, time has proven to be an effective teacher.

No longer wanting to rush through her recovery program, and content to build a new life one step at a time, Davis is at peace with the process.

“I didn't get the way I was overnight,” she said. Davis was arrested in February 2017 for allegedly stealing a $24 hoodie from an Oklahoma City department store. She also allegedly possessed an empty syringe.

Having spent time behind bars for crimes to fund her drug habit, Davis refused to bail out of jail. Instead, she spent nearly four months there, hoping to enter rehab and avoid prison.

On a recent Tuesday morning, she took a break from her job as a business development associate at the Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma, relaxing in a quiet and spacious conference room, about five minutes from the clatter and crimp of the Oklahoma County jail.

“The support I have is unbelievable,” she said. It has come in the form a young attorney in the Public Defender's office who connected Davis to a recovery program. A judge who preferred she undergo treatment instead of incarceration. Counselors in ReMerge, a nonprofit program working with mothers of minor children or pregnant mothers to keep them out of prison. Read more at


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