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The 2019 Town Hall is Shaping Up to be Revolutionary
Oklahoma is an energy producing state! We have been blessed with not only our great oil and natural gas supplies, but we are leading the pack when it comes to electricity generation from wind. 

According to theU.S. Energy Information Administration:

  • Oklahoma was the nation's sixth-largest crude oil producing state in 2017.
  • As of January 2018, Oklahoma had five operable petroleum refineries with a combined daily processing capacity of almost 522,000 barrels per day, almost ...
    Lynn Thompson | Apr 29, 2019
Criminal Justice Reform When Criminal Justice Reform Wasn't
With criminal justice finally finding bipartisan agreement in the Oklahoma Legislature, it important to remember where these ideas for “Oklahoma’s Criminal Justice System: Can We be Just as Tough but Twice as Smart?” began.

In 2008 a group of concerned citizens gathered for the Oklahoma Academy Town Hall in Ardmore. For three days the participants of the Town Hall examined Oklahoma’s criminal justice system, the process by which justice is maintained and administered. They asked is our system, in a word, “just”? Does Oklahoma’s system, which incarcerates women at the highest rate in the world, assign merited punishments? Do we impartially adjust the competing claims of education, healthcare, transportation, and so on, by locking up those whom we “are mad at”? Is the tendency to incarcerat...
Lynn Thompson | Apr 5, 2019