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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‘We are still human beings’ Oklahoma prisoners, officials adjust as COVID-19 spreads

The Department of Corrections is drawing heavy criticism for its steep rise in COVID-19 cases. Most of the 3,175 total cases recorded as of Sept. 23. were first reported in the past month.

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Oklahoma prisoner dies after being hospitalized with COVID symptoms

An Oklahoma prisoner who tested positive for COVID-19 died in a hospital on Saturday. If she had lived, the woman’s earliest possible release would have come in May, 2021.

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Tempers flare after Oklahoma County sends CARES money to jail

A nonprofit leader hoped Oklahoma County would use some of its $47 million CARES Act grant to help people facing eviction. But the state’s most populous county is planning to spend the bulk of that relief package on its problematic jail.

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A former Oklahoma prisoner struggles to find his feet during the pandemic

The pandemic threatens former prisoners’ access to resources they need to build stable lives. Offices that issue legal identification have closed for part or the majority of the pandemic.

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Researcher: Covid-19 infection rates 5 times higher in U.S. Prisons

Data analyzed by a Johns Hopkins University researcher suggests people incarcerated in state and federal prisons are at higher risk of catching Covid-19 and of dying from the disease.

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Defund police vote exposes deep divisions in Norman

Norman is the only one of Oklahoma’s three largest cities where leaders were swayed to redirect funding after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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Pandemic isolates Oklahoma domestic violence victims

Covid-19 made it harder for some domestic violence victims to find safety from their abusers. Victim advocates also fear they may experience more severe violence in their isolation.

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Oklahoma City Black Lives Matter requests more robust, transparent police oversight

Residents of Oklahoma City often don’t hear the details surrounding complaints against police and the investigations they prompt. Black Lives Matter activists are calling for independent probes of police investigations.

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Oklahoma City leaders to reconsider police oversight following protests denouncing racial disparities

Thousands of Oklahomans demanded change after an unarmed black man was killed by police in Minneapolis. Protesters in Oklahoma City especially criticized its police departments relatively high number of killings of black residents. City leaders are considering some of the protesters’ demands.

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As coronavirus spreads, Oklahoma’s largest jails could increase testing

An outbreak of Covid-19 in the Comanche County jail underscores how vulnerable jail populations are to the disease. Officials in the state’s two largest counties are considering increasing testing in their jails to make sure they don’t have their own outbreak.

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