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Advocates: Pandemic made domestic violence worse in Oklahoma

Victims’ advocates in Oklahoma warned in the early days of the pandemic that violence seemed to be getting worse. Now, advocates say the trend continued through 2020.

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2021 Legislative Preview: Oklahoma Senate Leader Answers StateImpact’s Questions

Republican Senate President Pro Temp Greg Treat talks with StateImpact's reporters on legislative priorities around healthcare, education, and criminal justice.
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Masking rules a patchwork in Oklahoma schools

Though a majority of districts require masks in some places, policies remains inconsistent
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State superintendent says she would have implemented Oklahoma schools masking mandate ‘a long time ago’

Joy Hofmeister urges all districts to create mandatory mask policies if state board won't
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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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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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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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Oklahoma Covid-19 testing in question as positive cases spike in other states’ prisons 

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.

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Updated: Oklahoma prison chief discusses Covid-19 testing in state prisons

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.

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