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ACLU of Oklahoma director to resign

The executive director of the ACLU of Oklahoma plans to step down this summer.

Ryan Kiesel, who has led the Oklahoma affiliate of the ACLU for more than eight years, will step down in June, according to a news release.

The attorney and former state legislator plans to continue his legal and political policy work in private practice.

“While I am stepping down, I am not bowing out," he said. "I intend to remain fully in the arena, committed to defending our progress and to demanding a better future for all, not just the few.”

Kiesel made criminal justice reform a priority for the ACLU of Oklahoma and helped lead the campaign to pass State Question 780, which dropped low-level drug and property crimes from felonies down to misdemeanors.

He currently is helping to lead a campaign to put on the ballot a state question that would legalize recreational marijuana and make further criminal justice reforms. If the petition qualifies for the ballot, it will be State Question 807.

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