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Corrections
1:27 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Oklahoma Inmate Refuses To Leave Cell For Clemency Hearing

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
Credit duggar11 / Flickr Creative Commons

A death row inmate set for execution next month is refusing to leave his prison cell to attend his clemency hearing before the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

Clayton Lockett was slated to appear via video hookup before the board on Friday to ask for clemency.

But officials say Lockett refused to leave his cell, so his lawyer asked the board to commute Lockett's death sentence. Lockett is scheduled to be put to death March 20 for the 1999 death of 19-year-old Stephanie Nieman near Tonkawa.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:41 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Corrections Board Looks at Expanding Use of Private Prison Beds

Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The Oklahoma Board of Corrections 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.

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Corrections
7:45 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Special Report: How Actions By Gov.'s Staff Led To Weakened Oklahoma Justice Reforms

Oklahoma Watch is a nonprofit organization that produces in-depth and investigative journalism on important public-policy issues facing the state. More Oklahoma Watch content can be found at www.oklahomawatch.org.

Oklahoma Watch reporter Clifton Adcock talks with KGOU about his investigation into efforts to weaken changes in state policy intended to reduce Oklahoma's high incarceration rates.

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.

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 Fallin’s offices show.

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.

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Prisons
9:56 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Why North Carolina Is Putting Fewer People Behind Bars As Oklahoma's Prison Population Climbs

Oklahoma's inmate population continues to climb despite efforts to reduce the number of resdients behind bars.
Oklahoma Watch

Several years ago, legislators in both Oklahoma and North Carolina began taking steps to address rising incarceration rates.

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.

The prison population was growing at a similar pace in North Carolina, and officials were expecting an additional 10 percent increase by 2020.

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Breaking
6:07 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Jones To Step Down As Head Of State Prison System

Justin Jones
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections

The executive director of the Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections announced Monday he will resign Oct. 1, according to eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley. The announcement from Justin Jones 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.

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Developing
2:04 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Steele, Prater Resign from Justice Group, Cite Dishonesty from Fallin's Office

Former House Speaker Kris Steele
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

The two leaders of a working committee overseeing Oklahoma's plan to lower the state's prison population have resigned, saying they would no longer chair the group and couldn't ask other members to keep serving.

Former House Speaker Kris Steele and Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater resigned Thursday as chairmen of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative group. They cited what they call dishonesty from Gov. Mary Fallin's office and a House vote creating a committee that could replace them.

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