Quinton Chandler

Quinton Chandler
Quinton is an Oklahoma native who started his radio career with KOSU Public Radio in 2011. He’s a graduate of Oklahoma State University. Before joining StateImpact, Quinton spent three years reporting in South Central and Southeast Alaska. Quinton loves writing, reading and has an intense relationship with his Netflix account.

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When prisoners escape, how can a town without police stay safe?

So far, four of the seven people who escaped minimum security prisons in 2018 ran from Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft — a town with no police force.

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Tulsa nonprofit teaches parenting skills to help mothers and children beat addiction and avoid prison

A nonprofit helping mothers avoid prison and recover from addiction also helps them rebuild relationships with their children.

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Corrections chief Q&A: Legislative session, executions, closing and building prisons, Oklahoma nation’s top incarcerator

Director Allbaugh discussed a number of issues including criminal justice reform, the Department of Corrections’ budget, developing guidelines for inert gas executions and unsafe conditions in Oklahoma prisons.

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U.S. Attorney charges 5 for illegal prescription writing, Medicare fraud

The Oklahomans are five of 601 people the U.S. Department of Justice announced it had taken actions against in a nationwide crackdown on similar crimes. 

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Statewide vote approaches with advocates and police at odds over medical marijuana’s perceived benefits and threats 

Law enforcement agencies around the state say medical marijuana poses real safety concerns. If State Question 788 passes, they want strong rules to govern medical marijuana use.

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Prison’s water restored after tower is drained by leak

The inmates kept gallon-sized jugs of drinking water in their cells while crews worked to restore the water.

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DNA exonerates Oklahoma man who spent 26 years in prison for murder

Innocence Project staff say Johnny Tallbear was convicted by eyewitness testimony and inaccurate forensic data provided by a now discredited forensic examiner.

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After veto, county sheriffs insist the state still owes jails money for housing inmates.

County sheriffs heavily supported a bill they hoped would mean larger reimbursements to county jails that hold state prison inmates and a more transparent reimbursement system. The governor vetoed the bill leaving the debate between county sheriffs and the state unresolved.

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Prison program that teaches women to train unwanted dogs upgrades after years of delays

The new facility gives the program a designated building, a new kennel and exercise area with obstacles — and a new grooming area and a walking path.

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Lawsuit accuses juvenile detention center of neglect, letting 16-year-old die

According to the lawsuit, which seeks money for actual and punitive damages, Woods told staff members he had attempted suicide previously and the staff could have saved his life if they had followed their own procedures and checked on him every 15 minutes. 

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