A guide to State Question 805 and its potential impact on Oklahoma criminal justice


October 18, 2020

As the Nov. 3 general election date draws near, public confusion regarding State Question 805—a ballot initiative which would amend the Oklahoma Constitution and end the use of sentence enhancements against some repeat offenders—remains high.

In social media posts and television advertisements, supporters and opponents of the measure continue to offer conflicting views. This in-depth Q&A seeks to clarify how State Question 805 would impact criminal justice in Oklahoma.

Q. How does Oklahoma’s sentence enhancement law currently work?

The legislature determines a range of punishment f...

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