The people in our jails and prisons are just that. People.

Sometimes we forget that the people we incarcerate are just that, people. They are our friends, neighbors, and family members. When we lock them up we take away their ability to contribute. The damage we cause goes far beyond one individual’s life. Children lose parents. Employers lose workers. Our community loses trust.

About the speaker

Carrie Blumert is a public health professional with a desire to reform our criminal justice system and engage more young people and women in local government.

Before getting elected as County Commissioner for District 1, she worked for the Oklahoma City County Health Department for 5 years, managing health care partnerships and community based prevention programs.

Prior to her time at City County Health, Carrie worked for Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma and the OU Department of Behavioral Pediatrics. She has a Masters in Public Health from the OU Health Sciences Center and a Bachelor’s in Child and Family Services from OSU. She graduated from Bartlesville High School and is the first person in her family to be elected to public office.

Carrie spent the majority of her campaign for County Commissioner knocking on thousands of doors in her district, listening to voters, and educating the public on ways a County Commissioner can improve the community.

Her district covers central and northeast Oklahoma City, Spencer, Midwest City, Del City, Jones, Luther, Forrest Park and Lake Aluma.

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It is incredible what natural lighting can do for a person. Our jail currently has almost no natural lighting. Almost none. And if you're a person struggling with depression or anxiety, no natural light can really exacerbate that, let alone being in a jail cell. — Carrie Blumert

Sometimes we forget that the people we incarcerate are just that; they're people. They are our friends, our neighbors, and our family members. When we lock them up, we take away their ability to contribute to the world. — Carrie Blumert

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