State Department of Corrections http://kgou.org en New Corrections Chief Open To Expanding Private-Prison Use http://kgou.org/post/new-corrections-chief-open-expanding-private-prison-use <p style="margin-bottom: 24px; font-size: 19.552px; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">In Robert C. Patton, Oklahoma is getting a new corrections director from Arizona who is more than willing to use private prisons as a means to deal with inmate overcrowding.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:41:56 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Craig Harris 23903 at http://kgou.org New Corrections Chief Open To Expanding Private-Prison Use State Board Of Corrections On Its Way Out? http://kgou.org/post/state-board-corrections-its-way-out <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">An&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;House committee has approved legislation to abolish the state Board of Corrections and hand its duties over to the agency's director.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">The House Government Modernization Committee voted 8-0 for the bill Thursday and sent it to the full House for a vote.</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 00:30:18 +0000 Associated Press 22742 at http://kgou.org State Board Of Corrections On Its Way Out? Oklahoma Won't Review Execution Drugs Despite Inmate Complaints http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-wont-review-execution-drugs-despite-inmate-complaints <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;"><font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;officials say they have no plans to review the state's execution protocol after two inmates given lethal injections this month made complaints as the drugs began to flow through their bodies.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:58:47 +0000 Associated Press 22051 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Won't Review Execution Drugs Despite Inmate Complaints Oklahoma State Reformatory Inmate Dies In Custody http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-state-reformatory-inmate-dies-custody <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">State corrections officials say an inmate has died at the&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;State Reformatory.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:13:38 +0000 Associated Press 21280 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma State Reformatory Inmate Dies In Custody Pardon, Parole Board Hopes To Move Clemency Hearings To McAlester http://kgou.org/post/pardon-parole-board-hopes-move-clemency-hearings-mcalester <p>The Pardon and Parole Board hopes a new Department of Corrections executive director will be receptive to their request to move clemency hearings to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:43:35 +0000 eCapitol & Shawn Ashley 21117 at http://kgou.org Pardon, Parole Board Hopes To Move Clemency Hearings To McAlester 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 Oklahoma Corrections Board Seeks New Prisons Boss http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-corrections-board-seeks-new-prisons-boss <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ok.gov/doc/Board_of_Corrections/index.html"><font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;Board of Corrections</a> this week is interviewing candidates who want to be the next director of the <a href="http://www.ok.gov/doc/">state's prison system</a>.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 19:37:00 +0000 Associated Press 20727 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Corrections Board Seeks New Prisons Boss Department Of Corrections Looking For Increase In Budget http://kgou.org/post/department-corrections-looking-increase-budget <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ok.gov/doc/" target="_blank"><font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;Department of Corrections</a> is seeking an additional $31.5 million in next year's budget to help manage the state's growing prison population.</p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:29:04 +0000 Associated Press 16547 at http://kgou.org Department Of Corrections Looking For Increase In Budget Oklahoma AG: Pardon And Parole Board Can Continue Considering More Crimes Violent http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-ag-pardon-and-parole-board-can-continue-considering-more-crimes-violent <p>The <a href="http://www.ppb.state.ok.us/">Pardon and Parole Board</a> can continue its practice of treating some offenders’ crimes as violent even though the offenses are not included in two statutory lists of violent crimes, board members were informed Monday.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tracy George, Pardon and Parole Board interim executive director, said a recent attorney general’s opinion reaffirmed the practice of treating some crimes as violent although they are not among the violent offenses listed in statute.</span></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:40:00 +0000 eCapitol & Shawn Ashley 13675 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma AG: Pardon And Parole Board Can Continue Considering More Crimes Violent 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