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More than 200,000 women across the U.S. are living behind bars, mostly due to non-violent, drug-related charges. Oklahoma currently ranks No. 1 for female incarceration per capita in the U.S., despite the fact that Oklahoma's crime rate is average, ranking 17th in the nation.

This past year we've seen a remarkable exception to our high ranking: Tulsa County has successfully decreased female prison receptions by 24 percent due to strategic alternative programming, prioritized treatment instead of incarceration, collaboration within the criminal justice system and public/private partnerships between the criminal justice and social service sectors.

Members of the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women also presented me with the result of a three-year examination of female incarceration, emphasizing the local and state gaps in programming. I am very proud of these dedicated women for working so diligently on this matter. They interviewed volunteers at the Tulsa County jail and representatives of non-profit agencies in Tulsa working on the same issue. 

A top priority identified was the need for more services such as education programs and advocates who can help incarcerated women. It is my hope that we can work together as a community to provide women the resources necessary to not only prevent incarceration, but to transition them back into society.

Our next Safer, Stronger Tulsa Public Safety Summit, focusing on women at risk, will help implement the crucial work of the Commission and address the gaps faced by women in our criminal justice system. It will be a long road, but through the dedication of my office and our partners, we can help find a resolution in providing the safety and peace these families need. I am proud to call Tulsa my home and to serve as your Mayor for that very reason.

Best regards,

Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett Jr. 

Citizen Survey

A citizens satisfaction survey is conducted every three years to provide City officials guidance on citizen priorities and areas of focus for the budget. Since 2013, Tulsans are more satisfied with city government in nearly all major categories. You can view the highlights or read the full report online.


Vision Tulsa

I want to thank the citizens of Tulsa for acting in a spirit of innovation and enterprise by voting for Vision Tulsa. Tulsans have shown their support for some truly remarkable projects to help preserve the safety of our community, improve our streets and implement game-changing economic development projects.

More than three years ago I pitched the public safety/street maintenance needs in our city to citizens at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Tulsa. It's been a long road to get where we are today, but with your input and the work from my Administration, the City Council and our City departments, one of the largest investments in history passed.

I couldn't be more proud of our city. We now have a plan totaling $884 million in revenue streams. Our economic development projects will also play a pivotal role in the coming years, which will keep Tulsa competitive and garner tremendous dividends for our city.

Our City is going to be safer, stronger and more resilient with the strides we are making as a community. Soon, we will begin implementing Vision Tulsa to improve public safety, create jobs and more opportunities for our youth and improve our streets and transportation systems.

My Administration and the Tulsa City Council have worked tirelessly to ensure we are guaranteeing the highest and best use of citizens' tax dollars - and that work will continue with the Vision Tulsa program. For more details, please visit:

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your mayor. Together, let's keep the momentum going.

Best regards,

Dewey F. Bartlett Jr.
Mayor of Tulsa

2015 State of the City

Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr., presented his 2015 State of the City to a packed house at the Cox Convention Center. You can read his full speech online, along with watching the videos:Be the ReasonThe Heart of Tulsa #BetheReason


Putting the Brakes on Distracted Driving

Watch the Video

The City of Tulsa is leading the way in safety and is now one of the few municipalities in the nation to have a comprehensive distracted driving policy. Please watch "The City of Tulsa Puts the Brakes On Distracted Driving" video, produced by the Communications Department.

I also encourage you and your family to follow the City of Tulsa's lead and take steps to make your own vehicle a distracted-free zone, not only to save your own life, but the lives of others.

Best regards,
Dewey F. Bartlett Jr.

Make a Difference in a Child's Life Through Mentoring

January is National Mentoring Month and cities all across the nation are focusing on the need for more mentors in schools to help children and youth succeed in life.

Here in Tulsa, my wife, Victoria Bartlett and I have supported and promoted the Mentoring to the Max initiative since I took office. The Mayor's Mentoring to the Max awareness program pairs caring adults with children who need a little extra attention to help them lead successful, productive lives.

Mentoring makes a difference in our community and can positively impact our city's economic health. As Mayor of Tulsa, I'm committed to making sure our students are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for future success.

Last summer, the City of Tulsa took the lead and adopted Emerson Elementary which is quite close to City Hall. Currently, 27 City employees are actively engaged in Emerson, serving as weekly lunch buddies, special guest readers and presenters (covering their field of expertise at the City). I'm excited about the opportunity we have as public servants to give back to our community and make a difference in these students' lives.

I also hope you'll join us in our mentoring efforts and do something great for Tulsa - share your gifts with a child to help him or her succeed in school and prepare for the future. It only takes an hour or so of your time each week, either individually or in a group setting. 

The time is now; make January the time to give back and nurture a child. Read more about Mentoring to the Max on our website.

Best regards,
Dewey F. Bartlett Jr.


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