corrections http://kgou.org en Prisons Board To Discuss Oklahoma Execution Probe http://kgou.org/post/prisons-board-discuss-oklahoma-execution-probe <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">The&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;Board of Corrections is expected to meet behind closed doors to discuss an ongoing investigation into the botched execution of a death row inmate.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:48:00 +0000 Associated Press 30720 at http://kgou.org Prisons Board To Discuss Oklahoma Execution Probe Oklahoma Inmate Refuses To Leave Cell For Clemency Hearing http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-inmate-refuses-leave-cell-clemency-hearing <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">A death row inmate set for execution next month is refusing to leave his prison cell to attend his clemency hearing before the&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;Pardon and Parole Board.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Clayton Lockett was slated to appear via video hookup before the board on Friday to ask for clemency.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:27:30 +0000 Associated Press 24249 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Inmate Refuses To Leave Cell For Clemency Hearing Corrections Board Looks at Expanding Use of Private Prison Beds http://kgou.org/post/corrections-board-looks-expanding-use-private-prison-beds <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.ok.gov/doc/Board_of_Corrections/index.html">Oklahoma Board of Corrections</a> is looking at three options to deal with overcrowding at the state’s prison facilities: expanding public prisons, contracting for more private-prison beds, and buying or leasing one of the state’s two empty private prisons.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:41:00 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Clifton Adcock 20868 at http://kgou.org Corrections Board Looks at Expanding Use of Private Prison Beds Special Report: How Actions By Gov.'s Staff Led To Weakened Oklahoma Justice Reforms http://kgou.org/post/special-report-how-actions-govs-staff-led-weakened-oklahoma-justice-reforms <p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Behind-the-scenes moves by Gov. Mary Fallin’s senior staff members helped lead to a severe weakening of a program designed to cut the state’s high incarceration rates and save taxpayers more than $200 million over a decade, according to interviews and records obtained by Oklahoma Watch.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5;">The efforts by the governor’s staff, assisted by legislative leaders, to take control of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative took place during periods when staff members met with representatives of private prison companies, which stood to gain or lose depending on how the initiative was implemented, emails and logs of visitors to </span>Fallin’s<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5;"> offices show.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">During that time, private-prison company representatives also made donations to Fallin’s 2014 campaign as well as to legislators, Oklahoma Ethics Commission records indicate.</p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:45:18 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Clifton Adcock 20131 at http://kgou.org Special Report: How Actions By Gov.'s Staff Led To Weakened Oklahoma Justice Reforms Why North Carolina Is Putting Fewer People Behind Bars As Oklahoma's Prison Population Climbs http://kgou.org/post/why-north-carolina-putting-fewer-people-behind-bars-oklahomas-prison-population-climbs <p>Several years ago, legislators in both Oklahoma and North Carolina began taking steps to address rising incarceration rates.</p><p>The number of incarcerated offenders in Oklahoma had increased by a few thousand inmates in the past decade, giving the state one of the highest rates of imprisonment in the nation.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The prison population was growing at a similar pace in North Carolina, and officials were expecting an additional 10 percent increase by 2020.</span></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:56:51 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Shaun Hittle 12528 at http://kgou.org Why North Carolina Is Putting Fewer People Behind Bars As Oklahoma's Prison Population Climbs Jones To Step Down As Head Of State Prison System http://kgou.org/post/jones-step-down-head-state-prison-system <p></p><p>The executive director of the Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections announced Monday he will resign Oct. 1, according to <a href="http://ecapitol.net/blog.wcs">eCapitol</a>’s Shawn Ashley. The announcement from <a href="http://www.ok.gov/doc/About_Us/Director's_Office/">Justin Jones</a> comes after a legislative session where the department’s funding was not increased and its budget practices were called into question by key legislative and executive budget negotiators.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 23:07:19 +0000 Kurt Gwartney & eCapitol 8033 at http://kgou.org Jones To Step Down As Head Of State Prison System Steele, Prater Resign from Justice Group, Cite Dishonesty from Fallin's Office http://kgou.org/post/steele-prater-resign-justice-group-cite-dishonesty-fallins-office <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The two leaders of a working committee overseeing&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Oklahoma's</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;plan to lower the state's prison population have resigned, saying they would no longer chair the group and couldn't ask ot Thu, 14 Mar 2013 19:04:30 +0000 Associated Press 1868 at http://kgou.org Steele, Prater Resign from Justice Group, Cite Dishonesty from Fallin's Office