Pass SB 252 this Session

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Oklahoma has the opportunity to make a huge impact on our mass incarceration crisis beginning this session. Senate Bill 252 takes critical steps towards addressing the 70% of Oklahomans who are being detained in county jails pre-trial. These are our community members who have not been convicted of a crime but sit in a cage simply because they cannot afford their bail.

While bail is supposed to be used as a mechanism to ensure someone reappears in court, it actually creates a pay-to-play legal system with two paths, one for the wealthy with enough money to buy their freedom pre-trial and one that holds the rest of us for ransom. Bail is also a tool used as leverage to force people into unfair plea agreements. In fact, the United States is one of only two countries in the world who have a money bail system.

Right now, legislators are at the Capitol working hard to pass effective laws to move Oklahoma closer to a top ten state. SB 252 would be an incredible start for addressing the number of people in Oklahoma jails, and will ultimately affect our ever-growing rate of incarceration. While an overwhelming amount of Oklahoman’s support criminal justice reform, legislators are starting to feel the pressure from a bail bond lobby more concerned with protecting their predatory lending model than with justice for Oklahomans.

Constituents’ voices carry more weight in this fight than bondsmen bots who don’t have Oklahoma’s best interest at heart. Together we can change our states criminal justice system.

Are you with us?

Message Recipients:
Your State House Representative
Your State Senator
Your State Governor

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Your Message

As a voter, I am reaching out to let you know my support for SB 252, regarding bail reform. I am concerned about the 70% of Oklahomans who are being detained in county jails pre-trial, assumed innocent by our justice system, but being held ransom because they cannot pay the arbitrary bail amounts tied to their charge, not their ability to pay.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to seeing your contributions to the change our criminal justice system so desperately needs. I will be watching your vote on SB 252 and other bills that could make the meaningful changes we need towards fixing our criminal justice system. Having the highest incarceration rate per capita in the world is nothing to be proud of and changing our rate of pre-trial detention will have a huge impact on our system for years to come.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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