Covid-19 made it harder for some domestic violence victims to find safety from their abusers. Victims advocates also fear they may experience more severe violence in their isolation.
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.
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.
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.
Thousands of prisoners across the country are infected with Covid-19. The more states test, the more cases they find. Some question whether Oklahoma’s Covid-19 testing policies have revealed the true number of state prisoners carrying the disease.
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections decides which prisoners to test for Covid-19 on a cases by case basis. So far, two prisoners have tested positive for Covid-19.
The Marshall Project reported coronavirus infections in U.S. prisons more than tripled in one week.
Some doctors are asking states to turn over drugs the states use for lethal injections. Oklahoma’s corrections agency says no hospital has asked it for any “specific medicine.”
Covid-19 is pushing the state Pardon and Parole Board to consider ways to speed up its work recommending people for early release.
Oklahoma prisons are overcrowded and prisoners have to live in enclosed spaces where social distancing is difficult. The conditions are perfect for coronavirus to spread.