The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is one of the few chambers in the nation that’s helping to reform the criminal justice system.
While some progress was made since the Chamber became involved in 2015, there’s still work to be done.
Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council Executive Director Timothy Tardibono said since its formation in November 2017, the council has focused on creating oversight and accountability mechanisms for the local justice system, reduction of jail admissions for municipal violations and low-level misdemeanors, creation of a fair and efficient pretrial release process, identifying and addressing district court case processing delays, expanding meaningful diversion program options – with a focus on those with mental illness and substance abuse disorders – and reducing the impact of judicial system fines and fees.
But the Oklahoma County Jail is still above capacity, so more reform efforts are being proposed this year.
On January 15, at the first Chamber Forum of 2020, key leaders in criminal justice reform work will discuss the topic, including what you can expect to see this year. Sitting on the panel will be Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority Chair Tricia Everest and CEO Greg Williams, and Tardibono.
The monthly Chamber Forum series brings thought leaders together to discuss major initiatives, programs and current issues that impact Oklahoma City's business climate, economy and community. In 2019, the Forum topics included the MAPS 4 projects, Oklahoma City Public Schools’ Pathway to Greatness, new city council members and opportunity zones. Keep an eye out each month to see what topic will be covered.
The luncheons start at 11:30 a.m. at Vast in the Devon Energy Center and cost $55 for nonmembers and $35 for members. The event is wrapped up by 1 p.m.