Study: Oklahoma prosecutors are strong lobbyists
June 20, 2021
When Oklahoma prosecutors back a criminal justice bill, chances are it will become law.
Oklahoma district attorneys lobbied for or against 47 bills from 2015 to 2018, according to a study published June 3 by the University of North Carolina School of Law’s Prosecutor and Politics Project. The state’s 27 prosecutors were most likely to support bills that proposed expanding criminal law or increasing punishments for certain offenses, but did lobby for nine more lenient bills, researchers noted.
For example, district attorneys opposed a 2017 bill that would have reduced some larceny and...