Prosecutors and court officials disagree on reason for downturn in drug court participation

Drug court participation dropped after passage of a controversial state question in 2016. District attorneys and some court officials disagree whether the new law is to blame for the decrease.


Group readies endangered species lawsuit to block OKC from pumping water out of river

The Kiamichi River Legacy Association sent a required 60-day notice to city, state, federal and tribal governments that it intends to sue if corrections aren’t made.


Oklahoma City says it will take action if federal investigation finds recovery program broke any laws

Attorneys for the city met this week to discuss the Firstep men’s and women’s recovery program in response to a joint investigation by StateImpact Oklahoma and The Frontier.


A preview of the big issues StateImpact is watching in 2019

Here’s a roundup of some of the biggest policy issues on deck for the upcoming year and legislative session.


Oklahoma’s Medicaid work requirement targets poor caregivers

Oklahoma may be the first non-expansion state to get federal approval for Medicaid work requirements.




Working for sobriety: Recovery program took some clients’ disability pay

An investigation by StateImpact Oklahoma and The Frontier found problems at some work-based recovery programs, including reports of confiscated disability checks and federal scrutiny for labor practices.

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Twenty-one people leave prison after Gov. Fallin commutes drug-related sentences 

The 21 people released were helped through a months-long commutation process by advocacy group Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform.


The surprising design of a new Tulsa park, where children learn by escaping adults and facing obstacles

On the surface, Tulsa’s spectacular new park looks just like a fancy playground. But it was actually intentionally designed to help kids learn important life skills through play.


Governor-elect Stitt picks Pruitt ally for top state energy and environment post

Wagner has close personal and business ties to Scott Pruitt, who ran the EPA until he was forced out in July.


The cost of prosecution: DA says defendants pay too much of Oklahoma’s criminal justice tab

Funding for district attorneys’ offices is hard to come by. For years, the state has paid less than half the bill, leaving DAs to collect the rest from other sources like the federal government and criminal defendants.

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