Kevin Stitt on Crime
Make it easier for ex-cons to go to work
But money is not the sole action government must take. I am encouraged by legislation in the House to accomplish licensing reform for those with a felony.
We must give Oklahomans re-entering society more opportunities to be gainfully employed and we must give employers more discretion on who they can hire.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Oklahoma legislature
, Feb 4, 2019
Keep violent offenders behind bars, with fair sentencing
During a forum last week in Oklahoma City, the candidates were asked what steps they would take as governor to reduce the number of people incarcerated in Oklahoma. That total, which has been growing for decades, stands at roughly
27,000. On a per capita basis, the state's incarceration rate ranks No. 2 nationally; we lead the country in female incarceration rate. All the candidates mentioned the need to find innovative ways to deal with nonviolent offenders, who
make up the majority of those behind bars.
"We are sticking out like a sore thumb," said Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt. Stitt said prosecutors must be provided "the sticks they need" to keep violent offenders behind bars, but that
Oklahoma should "look at what the market is. Market to me is what the states around us are doing, and come up with those types of fair sentencing (practices) across all counties ."
Source: The Oklahoman on 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial race
, May 3, 2018
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