Communications & Public Affairs
March 12, 2019

Contact: State Rep. Cyndi Munson
Phone: (405) 557-7392

Criminal Justice Reform Measure Addressing Recidivism Passes House

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation that attempts to improve Oklahoma’s recidivism rate passed on the House floor today with a bipartisan vote of 85 to 6.

House Bill 2134, authored by Rep. Cyndi Munson (D-Oklahoma City), prohibits disqualification from pursuing, practicing or engaging in an occupation for which a license is required based on a prior conviction unless that conviction is directly related to the occupation.

By removing barriers to licensure, this bill reduces Oklahoma’s recidivism rate by helping individuals that have committed non-violent offenses get back into the workforce.

“Oklahomans have been consistent with their call for criminal justice reform,” Munson said. “This bill will help many Oklahomans find purpose and fulfillment through employment. By opening the door to these opportunities, we are providing a path to success for Oklahomans who were previously incarcerated.

“I appreciate this body for their vote today, and I look forward to working with the Senate to get this to the governor’s desk.”