June 20, 2004
Sentencing in Oklahoma
Continuing the effort to spotlight interesting research and policy analysis in state sentencing systems, here are a few very interesing documents coming from Oklahoma earlier this year. The Oklahoma Sentencing
Commission's Report to the Oklahoma Legislature of Statewide Felony Sentencing in 2002 is an impressive document not only because of its comprehensive review of Oklahoma state sentencing data, but also because it reports information through a series of compelling charts and graphs. And the Oklahoma Sentencing Commission Recommendations to the Legislature about Felony Sentencing is an impressive document not only because of its detailed and precise findings on key sentencing issues, but also because it makes a number of direct and provoctive recommendations for improving sentencing law and practice in Oklahoma.
June 20, 2004 at 09:57 PM | Permalink
I am sure this is a great deal more information that you wanted.
I am just a mom of a 29 yr. old man who is incarcerated awaiting a preliminary hearing (July )on drug charges in Muskogee County OK. The sentence if he is convicted of the charges against him would be 34 yrs. to life. He is not from OK and he has no prior felony convictions. The only conviction he does have is for reckless operation (4-wheeler) for which he received community service. I am concerned in addition to the tough laws that he will be penalized for being from out of state. His bond was set very high because of this and the fact he is facing a life sentence. They automatically assume you are a flight risk.
When I found this site I was searching for articles on the sentencing laws in OK. I have heard that the system there is being investigated because of the harshness of these laws. My son was told the system is under federal indictment. They don't receive many newspapers in jail so I was trying to get him some information to confirm this if it is in fact true. I was also told that recently (within the last 6 months or so) the Supreme Court ruled that these laws were too harsh but I am not having any luck on proving or disproving this information either. I will continue on with my search because it could make a huge difference to my son. Thank you for your time in reading this.
Posted by: Patti | Mar 9, 2005 9:39:28 AM
im looking for something for my boyfriend who is inocent and going to prison for a felony charge they gave him five years and he is inocent and we dont have enough money to hire a criminal attorney if you dont have money you are screwd.
Posted by: janice girod | Jul 24, 2008 3:16:19 PM
Posted by: laptop battery | Oct 14, 2008 5:13:45 AM
I am curious if there is a "3 strikes your out" law in Oklahoma. I have searched OSCN for it, but have come up with nothing. I thought it might be under the mandatory sentencing - but still found nothing.
Posted by: Stacey | Oct 22, 2008 3:47:20 PM
Posted by: laptop battery | Nov 1, 2008 4:38:58 AM
I am a 27 year old female with four children I am raising on my own. I have been screwed over royally in the justice department and am looking for realistic answers that can be taken to court. I was arrested in 2005 with my boyfriend, now ex husband, with possession of second and subsequent offense. I was sentenced to five years deferred sentence with supervision the entire five years, $1200 in fines, plus $20 per month for all five years. My ex husband was given 75 hours of community service and 9 months probation with is being his fifth offense and only my second I wondered how he got less. I was told it was because I am a student and should have known better. Recently my ex had a pic on his cell phone of his penis in my 6 month old baby's hand, he got nothing because they could not be positive it was his penis. I wanted a copy of the investigation and was denied. I refused to leave the Enid Police Dept until I was given a copy of the investigative report and was thrown in jail. Now even after having that charge of disturbing the peace off my record, I now have an application to accelerate the drug charge. I am facing 3 months of jail time. Why? I don't understand because according to the Oklahoma Sentencing Commission if there is no prior felony convictions that usually probation supervised for no more than two years is the sentence I got screwed on, and now facing more jail time due to the injustice of the first sentence.
Posted by: | Nov 21, 2008 9:22:36 AM
do each state have their own state sentencting laws,i look up sentence but the attorney in anadrkdo ok, said that ok have theie own state laws it said my husband was facing 1-4 years but the lawyer said his case starts at 10 years i gave him $5,ooo now he kept saying i need more money,(well what he said was more money helps the case} please help
Posted by: debra,l | Apr 23, 2009 8:01:19 PM
ok is corrupt! Stay out if you can (of this state)
Posted by: Jeff w | May 24, 2009 1:54:20 AM
I am looking for anyone that can guide me in the right direction for otaining assistant with my brothers case. He was convicted of drug trafficking cocaine, failure to affix tax stamp(pay taxes on drugs)and possession marihuana. He was a first time felon with no prior record for anything other then child support cases in the system. He was sentenced to 25 years and $25 thousand dollar fine. This was back in 2005 Is there anyone who I can get help from getting this time reduced.
Posted by: Jenn | Jul 16, 2009 1:07:46 PM
WOW, the information in the comments posted is a hard kick in the face at how Oklahoma does what they want to it the offender does not have money. I am a student working on my Associates in Criminal Justice. Through my classes I have gained a great deal of information about laws, the Constitution, prisons, and victims. I did come across a document that describes mandatory minimum sentences in the state of Oklahoma; however, just because it is a mandatory sentence does not mean a judge will give the minimum. I will suggest that for those charged with a drug offense the best option for you is to seek rehabilitation on your own or talk to your attorney, District Attorney, or judge about participating in your local Drug Court program. I wish everyone the best of luck in your indevors and hope this information helps.
copy and paste that linkinto your browser and it will bring up the pdf file that states the mandatory minimum sentences in Oklahoma.
Posted by: Victoria | Apr 12, 2010 10:26:07 AM
Oklahoma is the worst state, they are worse than Nazi, with their bs charges and fines.
Posted by: S | May 5, 2010 11:24:20 AM
My son is in Tulsa county awaiting sentencing for a drug court and therefore a parole violation. A three time loser and facing life w\o parole and the state seems unwilling to come off it. A gun was found in the shared residence however not in his exact possession.
Posted by: cheryl lansing | Jul 15, 2010 6:29:03 PM
Continuing the effort to spotlight interesting research
and policy analysis in state sentencing systems.
Posted by: My Blog | Feb 25, 2011 5:34:20 AM
Recently my ex had a pic on his cell phone of his penis in my 6 month old baby's hand, he got nothing because they could not be positive it was his penis.
Posted by: Robe de Cocktail Pas Cher | Dec 12, 2012 1:25:33 AM
I have a nephew doing life in prison in Okla for first degree manslauter. this seems very harse. is it?
Posted by: alan carter | Feb 18, 2014 10:35:19 AM