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‘Every day is a great day’: Women in Oklahoma prisons encourage people struggling through the pandemic

A nonprofit helped women in two state prisons connect with strangers during the coronavirus pandemic. The women recounted their struggles and offered advice.

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Oklahoma prisons ahead in vaccinations but advocates say earlier access could have saved lives

Over half of Oklahoma’s state prisoners are at least partially vaccinated against the coronavirus. Prisoner advocates say incarcerated people needed access sooner than the state authorized.

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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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