In 2016, Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly passed SQ 780 making drug possession and low-level property offenses a misdemeanor.
A new piece of legislation, Senate Bill 334, would roll back SQ 780 even though Oklahomans still strongly support the measure. Oklahoma has one of the highest imprisonment rates in the country, driven by lengthy sentences for drug and property crimes. SB 334 would make things worse by increasing prison sentences for low-level property offenses.
These are survival crimes often stemming from substance use and poverty. Sending people to prison because they needed basic necessities wastes taxpayers dollars and does not make Oklahoma communities safer.