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In Oklahoma, lawsuit options limited when prisoners claim constitutional rights violations

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled the Legislature has authority to block lawsuits against governments operating jails and detention centers. The ruling follows legal actions spawned after an Oklahoma man was badly beaten in a county jail.

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Johnson & Johnson profited from both sides of opioid crisis, says epidemic expert

The first case in a flood of civil litigation against opioid drug manufacturers is in its third week. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s suit alleges Johnson & Johnson, the nation’s largest drugmaker, helped ignite a public health crisis that has killed thousands of state residents.

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Legislators leave criminal justice reform bills on the table as prison population grows

Despite voter support for criminal justice reforms, lawmakers only passed one bill that could affect prison population growth frustrating Department of Corrections employees and agency budgets.

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Legislators increase education funding, kick most health and criminal justice questions down the road

StateImpact followed legislators’ actions on education, criminal justice reform, Medicaid expansion and abortion.

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‘Precedent setting’ opioid trial to begin in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter’s suit alleges Johnson and Johnson and Teva pharmaceuticals helped ignite a public health crisis that has killed thousands of state residents.

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14-year-old shot by Oklahoma City Police while playing with B.B. gun

Oklahoma City Police shot a 14-year-old boy who was playing with a B.B. gun. Police say the shooting was justified. The boy’s attorney claims his civil rights were violated.

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With weeks left in legislative session governor proposes new criminal justice reform plan  

Gov. Stitt lent support to several criminal justice reform initiative currently under consideration in the Legislature as well as some ideas that haven’t advanced.

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State standards leave gaps in county jail inspections

The Oklahoma Department of Health and the State Fire Marshal inspect local jails every year. But the inspections are only as effective as the rules they’re based on. Just because a jail passes inspection — doesn’t mean it’s completely safe.

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