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Americans for Prosperity of Oklahoma will thank 16 Oklahoma legislators for their work on criminal justice reforms this year by launching a digital advertising campaign and sending mailers to their constituents.

The political advocacy group that pushes criminal justice reforms also is encouraging legislators to build on the reforms that led to Oklahoma's "historic" mass commutation of more than 450 low-level nonviolent drug and property crime offenders during the legislative session that starts Feb. 3.

Mailers will start to hit mailboxes in certain legislative districts before the end of the month. Digital advertisements will start running in early January. The group already is running digital ads in support of Gov. Kevin Stitt, who signed into law legislation to make State Question 780, which made certain property and drug crimes misdemeanors instead of felonies, retroactive.

Oklahoma is making strides to grant second chances, AFP-OK State Director John Tidwell said in a statement.

"Following the historic mass commutation the Sooner State saw last month and the reforms that were championed this legislative session, we’re thanking lawmakers for their efforts to allow for more second chances across the Sooner State and encouraging them to implement more reforms," he said. "As we look towards 2020’s legislative session, we urge lawmakers to consider more ways to improve our criminal justice system and allow for more second chances.”

AFP-OK did not have specific figures on how much this campaign will cost. The group has spent about $16,500 on Facebook ads since May 2018, according to Facebook.

The campaign will tout 16 Republican legislators who will be up for reelection next year. They are:

Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City; Sens. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow; Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville; Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle; House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City and Reps. Sherrie Conley, R-Newcastle; Denise Crosswhite Hader, R-Piedmont; Avery Frix, R-Muskogee; Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher; Ronny Johns, R-Ada; Mark Lepak, R-Claremore; Kevin McDugle, R-Coweta; Garry Mize, R-Edmond; Mike Osburn, R-Edmond; Jay Steagall, R-Yukon; Zack Taylor, R-Seminole.

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<strong>This is an example of the mailers that will be sent to residents in 16 legislative districts.</strong>

This is an example of the mailers that will be sent to residents in 16 legislative districts.

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[Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Julie Faircloth, left, celebrates with DeeAnn Watford after Faircloth was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Julie Faircloth, left, celebrates with DeeAnn Watford after Faircloth was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-adc27b5348c84eefa25ed0e4c8573837.jpg" alt="Photo - Julie Faircloth smiles as she leads the first group of women out of the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. 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Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Stephenie Jeffreys shakes hands with Gov. Kevin Stitt as she is released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c9982040198886f0aa5a0a846dcd2aab.jpg" alt="Photo - Santana Wrana carries her box of personal belongings to the car after being released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Santana Wrana carries her box of personal belongings to the car after being released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Santana Wrana carries her box of personal belongings to the car after being released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-85af20273679faf4989e66c14597aaf5.jpg" alt="Photo - Donnie Crow is all smiles while she carries her son Fayedon Davis, 17 months, after she was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Donnie Crow is all smiles while she carries her son Fayedon Davis, 17 months, after she was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Donnie Crow is all smiles while she carries her son Fayedon Davis, 17 months, after she was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. 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[Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Tara Morris carries her box of personal belongings to the car after being released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Tara Morris carries her box of personal belongings to the car after being released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-094d768068dd129653e5e9c52fdb4d27.jpg" alt="Photo - Sally Taylor hugs Gov. Kevin Stitt thanking him for his help to have Taylor's granddaughter Tess Harjo released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Sally Taylor hugs Gov. Kevin Stitt thanking him for his help to have Taylor's granddaughter Tess Harjo released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Sally Taylor hugs Gov. Kevin Stitt thanking him for his help to have Taylor's granddaughter Tess Harjo released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-373f65050e8929171912e82e88b34ecf.jpg" alt="Photo - Veronica Hughes cheers as she waits for her daughter Danni Roberts to be released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Veronica Hughes cheers as she waits for her daughter Danni Roberts to be released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Veronica Hughes cheers as she waits for her daughter Danni Roberts to be released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6f50b2a79ae0d143b4c694d03771b4ee.jpg" alt="Photo - Tess Harjo, right, is embraced by her grandmother Sally Taylor after Harjo was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Tess Harjo, right, is embraced by her grandmother Sally Taylor after Harjo was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Tess Harjo, right, is embraced by her grandmother Sally Taylor after Harjo was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6aaa71954df064e27c007baf9643a4ad.jpg" alt="Photo - Stephenie Jeffreys and other inmates make their way through the gates as they are released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Stephenie Jeffreys and other inmates make their way through the gates as they are released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Stephenie Jeffreys and other inmates make their way through the gates as they are released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8fc84fdebbab4b60aba10a80f5a6e853.jpg" alt="Photo - The personal belongings of Donnie Crow sit on a bench outside the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility waiting to be picked up by Crow after she was released from the facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="The personal belongings of Donnie Crow sit on a bench outside the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility waiting to be picked up by Crow after she was released from the facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>The personal belongings of Donnie Crow sit on a bench outside the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility waiting to be picked up by Crow after she was released from the facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6be236d7174447507bd405e44b2c8a0e.jpg" alt="Photo - Danni Roberts, right, hugs her mother Veronica Hughes after Roberts was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Danni Roberts, right, hugs her mother Veronica Hughes after Roberts was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Danni Roberts, right, hugs her mother Veronica Hughes after Roberts was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-37aa109eb75c4e4451d6bcb1f37602a7.jpg" alt="Photo - Tess Harjo, right, is embraced by her aunt Sarah Taylor after Harjo was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]" title="Tess Harjo, right, is embraced by her aunt Sarah Taylor after Harjo was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Tess Harjo, right, is embraced by her aunt Sarah Taylor after Harjo was released from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Facility on Monday, Nov. 4, 2019 in Taft, Okla. Governor Kevin Stitt greeted an estimated 70 women whose sentences he commuted from the facility. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure>
Carmen Forman

Carmen Forman covers the state Capitol and governor's office for The Oklahoman. A Norman native and graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she previously covered state politics in Virginia and Arizona before returning to Oklahoma. Read more ›

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