Today, the Coalition for Public Safety named Clay Bennett their newest Justice Champion, an honor that has been bestowed upon leaders like Governor Nathan Deal in Georgia and Tina Naidoo, Executive Director of the Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (T.O.R.I.).
Clay Bennett’s commitment to serving Oklahomans by reforming the justice system is best demonstrated through his leadership of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce’s Criminal Justice Task Force. He spearheaded efforts to reform the Oklahoma County Jail, address drivers of jail overcrowding, and reduce needless incarceration. Bennett was also instrumental in advancing statewide reform to the justice system, through his partnership with Oklahomans for Justice Reform.
Steve Hawkins, President of the Coalition for Public Safety: “Clay Bennett is not only a model business leader he’s also a model justice reform advocate. His work in Oklahoma has been consequential to advancing reform in a state that has the second-highest incarceration rate in the nation and the highest rate of incarceration for women. Our organization is based on the premise that partnerships across traditional partisan or industry lines can only strengthen reform efforts, and Clay’s experience in the private sector brings an essential element of practical perspective to the conversation. We’re proud to feature him as our June Champion of Justice Reform, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with him in the future.”
The Champions of Justice Reform series profiles leaders from across the political spectrum who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and perseverance in pushing for smart-on-crime policies. The Coalition believes that reforming our justice system through a variety of tactics, including re-entry services, makes communities safer by reducing recidivism.