House of Representatives

Lawmakers Study Inmate, Correctional Officer Wellbeing


10/5/2021 10:18:00 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Rep. Jason Lowe, D-OKC, and Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane, hosted an interim study Sept. 22 to look into current issues facing Oklahoma state correctional facilities, specifically the Oklahoma County Jail.

The goal of the study was to bring together stakeholders within the criminal justice system to identify solutions to better the living and working conditions of both inmates and correctional officers. The study also focused on how to eliminate recidivism through proper mental health and social support services.

“The current conditions in the Oklahoma County Jail and correctional facilities across the state are unlivable and unacceptable,” Lowe said. “It is clear that the inmates in our care and the correctional officers who faithfully serve our communities need our support.

“Regardless of offense or criminal background, people deserve to be treated with basic human decency. I am committed to ensuring that we improve upon the treatment, safety, and wellbeing within our correctional facilities and am happy to have the support and partnership of Representative Justin Humphrey.”

Lowe and Humphrey are hopeful that the study is the first step of many in creating healthy living and working environments for Oklahoma’s inmates and correctional officers.

“This is part of a series of interim studies we are holding to look at reforms that need to be made throughout our corrections and criminal justice system,” Humphrey said. “First, we want to keep more people from going to prison, but for those who do end up in the system, we want to train and educate them so they can go to work when they get released.

“I also want to say how very much I appreciate Representative Jason Lowe and his hard work on putting this study together. Many times we might disagree on how to arrive at a solution, but we honestly work very well together.”

Rep. Jason Lowe’s office can be contacted at (405)-557-7367 or jason.lowe@okhouse.gov.

Rep. Justin Humphrey’s office can be contacted at (405)-557-7382 or justin.humphrey@okhouse.gov.

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