SQ805 would help end decades-long prison sentences for nonviolent crimes, saving Oklahoma millions of dollars currently spent on overcrowded prisons and giving people another chance.
SQ 805 does not give anyone a free pass. People convicted of nonviolent crimes can still receive the maximum punishment allowed, and judges and juries will still take previous crimes into account when sentencing. But piling on years of prison time far beyond the maximum for a nonviolent crime is unfair and doesn’t make us safer.
SQ 805 will not stop us from holding people who commit domestic abuse accountable because Oklahoma has passed a law that made domestic abuse a violent crime. The sentence for repeat domestic abuse is 10 years, not four. And before someone convicted of domestic abuse can be released on parole, they must pass two separate reviews by the parole board instead of one and the governor must sign off on their release.
Oklahoma is handing down extreme sentences for nonviolent crimes.
State Question 805 is supported by a bipartisan and diverse coalition of community leaders
Stephen Mills for SQ 805
An Army veteran sentenced to 17 years for pawning a stolen laptop.
A mother sentenced to 15 year sentence for stealing basic necessities and children’s toys at a Walmart.
A man sentenced to a 35 year prison sentence for writing $525.29 worth of fraudulent checks.
A man serving 20 years in prison for stealing a lawn mower from a tractor supply company.
An Army veteran sentenced to 15 years for possessing a stolen vehicle.
A Navy veteran sentenced to 10 years for using a stolen credit card.
A woman serving a 15 year sentence for forging a check worth $1,500.
A woman serving a 20 year sentence for stealing items from a storage unit.
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State Question 805
State Question 805 is a common-sense criminal justice reform that will limit extreme sentences for nonviolent crimes and save Oklahoma taxpayers $186 million. Join us and help end Oklahoma’s incarceration crisis.
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