Tuesday, May 14, 2019
The Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC), an interlocal organization formed to provide oversight and accountability for the local justice system, released its third quarterly report of the fiscal year chronicling the progress being made on justice reform efforts. Since November 2017, the Oklahoma County CJAC has focused on implementing the six key reform recommendations made by the Vera Institute of Justice to the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's task force on justice reform. Read on for an excerpt of the data found in the CJAC's third quarterly report.
The downward trend for the jail population in the first and second quarters stayed steady in the third quarter. Data now being tabulated as monthly averages shows daily jail populations averaging below 1,750 in January and February and reaching a 3Q low of 1,663 for the March average. The FY18-19 three quarters combined appear to have set a new “normal” for incarceration in Oklahoma County, far below historical numbers.
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