Following the nation’s largest commutation, the state and community nonprofits are preparing to help several hundred people who were released from prison in the same day.
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In a federal class action lawsuit, the Canadian County District Court is accused of discriminating against defendants with disabilities and imposing unaffordable bail amounts on poor people.
A recent study found there wasn’t a relationship between race and Tulsa Police officers’ decisions to use force. Researchers from the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Cincinnati studied Tulsa to find ways to help Tulsa police in their encounters with the public.
After being released in the nation’s largest commutation on record, one man is picking up the pieces of his life. Warren Rawls wants to give up criminal life and find a job, and be a father to his children. It’s his sixth time leaving prison and he’s determined it will be his last.
Some Oklahomans are afraid a new law that allows most adults to carry guns in public will be a public safety disaster. But, one sheriff from Oklahoma’s northern neighbor Kansas, says a similar law hasn’t been a problem for his state.
A pretrial release program helped Rogers County decrease its jail population, but the program had to shutdown after disagreements over who to release led the staff to quit.
Access to lawyers isn’t equal for abused children and their parents in every county. So the Oklahoma Supreme Court created a new task force to look for ways to improve the system.
Legislators concluded this year’s session after only passing one reform bill that could directly affect the size of the state’s prison population, but experts aren’t sure how much. Three Oklahoma voters said they want to see more progress.
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.