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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Q&A: Researchers hope data can help Tulsa police avoid using force

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.

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Life after being released in Oklahoma’s record commutation

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.

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As Oklahoma’s permitless carry law looms, Kansas may tell us what to expect

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.

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Disagreements leave new Oklahoma criminal justice program in limbo

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.

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What’s the best way to run a jail?

A group in charge of the state’s largest jail is planning to hire an administrator to operate the jail instead of the county’s sheriff.

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Oklahoma seeks to address lawyer shortage for abused and neglected children

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.

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Voters ask Legislature for more action on criminal justice reform

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.

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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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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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