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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

My Father was sentenced to 15yrs today on a burglary 1. He was not in the home or by the home but did have a remote in his backpack walking home. He got an attorney he could afford but she didn't help him at all even the jury told her she didnt do her job they had 10 cops testify they saw him in the area he didn't have anyone because she never called for anyone on his behalf he didn't even take the stand because she told the judge he was slow.

Posted by: Sheilia D | Mar 26, 2014 2:14:49 AM

The 911 call went in at 9:01 cops there at 9:02pm. The home was on 31st he was on 38th at 9:02pm. Come on!! Look he was 269 pounds at 53. Really? Now he's 180 pounds from stress. But we really need help but April 29 is sentencing of 15yrs day for day. I need help

Posted by: Sheilia D | Mar 26, 2014 2:24:49 AM

hey my ? is there was a old law that said when you are sentenced for the frist time that a judge give you prison time or probation and not them both is this true It sure seems that I read this some where just don't remember the law number please help thank you Richard

Posted by: richard | May 14, 2014 2:16:51 PM

Iam a 55 year old lady with a bad heart and I am going to court on my second drug sales charge, I am looking at 15 to life. Why am I getting so much time when I know a lady that had 5 sales charges all within a year period, she got 20 years on paper? Garvin County make up there own sentenceing I think, just depends on if u have the money to buy your way out. This is not right and something should be done. What can we do?

Posted by: Brenda | Jun 20, 2014 7:28:43 AM

Oklahoma is garbage. stiffest laws in the whole nation.

Posted by: unknown | Jul 7, 2014 9:09:45 AM

I would like to know how and who you actually can go to when it comes to this states laws and their harsh laws.
I was once a prison counselor and I saw files and files of the most herrific sentences for the most stupid things from this state.
One man is serving 4 life CS sentences out of tulsa Oklahoma. No one was hurt , he had some priors, all which were non violent. Not even murder was committed. They gave him 4 life sentences . A kangaroo court was held basically .
These DAs are so overworked their only option is to get a conviction and be done. Most of the folks cant afford a lawyer to defend themselves.
It was a kangaroo court . He is 33 yrs of age and sure didnt deserve this. What a joke,
Oklahoma makes money and fill their prison beds with innocent people so they can fill their pockets.
God sees all dont think He dont see this too.

Posted by: Jayne Simpson | Jul 18, 2014 11:19:17 PM

I am a 55yr old female who brother is serving 25yr for drugs sales, not amounting to over 2-5 hundred dollars in sales. Oklahoma has the stiffness laws. They do not follow the three strikes you are out way, they make their own law regarding criminal offenses. They are worser then California by far.

Posted by: Lisa | Oct 30, 2014 4:44:28 PM

Here's a thought, folks... QUIT DOING ILLEGAL STUFF!!! You expect us to feel SORRY for you?! You either did it to yourself, or your "innocent" idiot family member did it to you. The only person to blame is the criminal. I commend the state of Oklahoma for having very little tolerance. Some of these posts are ridiculous.

Posted by: Lauren | Mar 14, 2015 1:30:44 PM

Hey Lauren-you do realize that even if you are legally justified in your actions in Oklahoma, you will not be acquitted unless you are wealthy. You need to be quiet about matters you know nothing of. My son is incarcerated for defending himself with a pocket knife from 3 people under 21 who were boozing at a 26yo 'friend's' house, that attacked him. They were the aggressors but the d.a. didn't care. This state and its 77 counties, d.a.s and judges need investigated and the sentencing guidelines revised to be more appropriate. And if Oklahoma refuses-shut them down!

Posted by: Rebecca | May 13, 2015 9:39:21 PM

YES this states "legal" system is a crock. They do what they want to who they want and you cant have a voice about it. My fiance was kicked out of the GPS program basically because he has a drug problem that he will tell anyone he needs help with so while on a waiting list for a substance abuse class per his PO he had a violation they kicked him out locked him up the day before christmas and is sending him back to prison to finish out his last few months. Because i guess thats better then letting him get the help he needs. He is a hard worker with a good full time job never misses a day he just makes bad choices. he does not sell or make it he just uses it not that thats a good thing but i dont think it deseves to be treated like he assulted someone. I grew up in this town but i cant wait til he gets out so we can get out of this corrupt state

Posted by: Candi | Dec 31, 2015 9:11:05 PM

i was wondering if anyone can answer a question for me. To request a sentence review who has to request it the lawyer or can the inmate request this? if anyone could help id really appriciate it thank you

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