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Oklahoma leaves behind top incarcerator title but prison population may keep growing

Oklahoma has reduced it’s imprisonment rate but the criminal justice experts say they expect the prison population to continue growing in the next six years.


State to resume lethal injections after finding fresh drug supply

Oklahoma has found a new supply of lethal injection drugs and plans to resume executions. The state must wait 150 days after death row inmates’ defense teams review the new execution rules before it can schedule an execution.


Gov. Stitt proposes budget in State of the State Address

Gov. Kevin Stitt delivered his second State of the State Address to the Oklahoma Legislature.


Issues to watch during Oklahoma’s 2020 legislative session

StateImpact reporters combed through 4,500 pieces of legislation. Here are some trends they found.

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Oklahoma prisoners struggle to find stable housing after release

Stable housing options are limited for people leaving Oklahoma prisons. People running transitional housing options that offer a temporary residence where people can get on their feet say they can’t completely meet the demand.


Shorthanded mental health groups prepare for high caseloads after nation’s largest commutation

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.


Civil rights lawsuit claims Oklahoma court discriminates against people with disabilities

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.


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.


Oklahoma judge shaves $107 million off opioid decision against Johnson & Johnson

District Judge Thad Balkman clarified an earlier ruling against Johnson & Johnson, saying the drugmaker must pay $465 million dollars – not the $572 million he had originally ordered.


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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