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Data-driven Criminal Justice Policy Research & Advocacy

Oklahoma Policy Institute

Award Date: November 18, 2020
Awarded: $18,000

Oklahoma Policy Institute (OK Policy) is a non-partisan independent policy think-tank that promotes adequate, fair and fiscally responsible funding of public services and expanded opportunity for all Oklahomans by providing timely and credible information, analysis and ideas. OK Policy will draw upon its extensive court records database to create a map highlighting the disproportionate prevalence of court fines and fees as well as failure to pay warrants within high-density communities of color in Oklahoma City by zip code.

Additionally, Open Justice Oklahoma and OK Policy will undertake a zip code-level analysis of evictions and other housing disparities overlaid with the concentration of Oklahoma City’s Black population. They will collaborate with Oklahoma City organizations focused on food and housing insecurity to ultimately produce a map of these racial disparities and a policy blueprint advocating for strategies to reduce and eliminate these disparities over time.