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Connie Johnson on Crime

 

 


Aggressive sentencing reform, and abolish death penalty

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty has announced the election of its new Board Chair, former Oklahoma State Senator and candidate Constance Johnson.

Johnson recently retired after 33-years in the State Senate, representing Oklahoma City's predominantly African American "Eastside," where she pursued a game-changing focus on health/mental health/human services issues that disproportionately affect the economic and social well-being of the poor, minorities, women, children, and people with disabilities. Johnson contends her aggressive proposals on sentencing reform and abolishing the death penalty are beginning to gain traction in Oklahoma's conservative climate.

Johnson's advocacy grew out of her Master's Thesis on Women and Incarceration in Oklahoma, which is reflective of the high cost and impact on the state's budget.

Source: City Sentinel coverage of 2016 Oklahoma Senate race , May 21, 2015

Stricter punishment only leads to higher costs

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Stricter punishment reduces crime"?

A: Oppose. Stricter punishment only leads to higher costs and no rehabilitation. Because we cannot punish our way to prosperity, we should try investing more in education, health, mental health and good jobs as an alternate way to reduce crime.

Source: Email interview on 2014 Okla. Senate race with OnTheIssues , Sep 25, 2014

Moratorium on Oklahoma executions & three-strikes

As an Oklahoma State Senator, Connie introduced a variety of sentencing reform measures, including eliminating three-strikes-you're out sentencing for non-violent offenses and establishing post-incarceration grace periods for court fees and restitution.

An active member of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and as a family member of a murdered child, Connie ardently advocates abolishing the death penalty. Connie recently introduced a resolution calling for a moratorium on Oklahoma executions, pending establishment and findings of an independent, out-of-state investigation. The resolution also calls for a study to examine the cost of the death penalty versus life without parole.

In 2010, Connie suggested investigating the connection between for-profit prisons and mass incarceration in Oklahoma. A Senate commission would provide the first comprehensive report since 1965 on the state of criminal justice in America.

Source: 2014 Okla. Senate campaign website, cj4ok.com , Jun 25, 2014

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