prisons

State Capitol
11:51 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Oklahoma Sheriffs Upset About Loss Of Prisoners

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Sheriffs from across the state are gathering at the state Capitol to voice concern about the increasing number of state prisoners who are being removed from county jails and processed into the state prison system.

Many of the sheriffs who packed the Senate gallery on Tuesday count on the $27 daily per-prisoner reimbursement from the state to help fund jail operations, like medical and food contracts.

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Corrections
9:34 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Tulsa Halfway House Once Again Getting Oklahoma Inmates

Oklahoma corrections officials are once again sending inmates to the Avalon Center in Tulsa, Okla., two months after removing all state prisoners from the halfway house due to an investigation into organized fighting at the facility.
Credit Avalon Correctional Services

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has begun repopulating a halfway house in Tulsa, about three months after the facility was temporarily shut down because of violations.

About 200 inmates were moved out of the Avalon Correctional Services halfway house in January after a corrections department investigation found "serious infractions" that affected inmate safety.

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Corrections
8:47 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Media Restrictions Continue At Oklahoma Prisons

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The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has added new restrictions for members of the media visiting prisons, two weeks after the agency announced a ban on cameras for news media.

The department posted an addendum this week to its media access policies on the agency's website. The new policy requires the department to grant specific authorization in advance for video or audio recording.

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Increasing fines, penalties and prison time
3:57 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Senate Public Safety Committee Tough On Crime

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Despite Oklahoma's high incarceration rates, a Senate committee has approved a half-dozen bills to increase the criminal penalties for various crimes, including the distribution of child pornography, and drug and human trafficking.

With little discussion and no debate, the Senate Public Safety Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved several bills that dramatically increase fines, penalties or prison time for people convicted of certain crimes.

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Prison Guards requested bill
6:11 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Criminals Won't Be Earning Early Credits For Good Behavior

Rep. Scott Biggs
Credit Oklahoma State Legislature

The Oklahoma House has shot down a bill to allow criminals to begin earning credits for good behavior earlier in their sentence after a lawmaker warned that a vote on the bill would be seen as being "soft on crime."

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State Capitol
12:21 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Senate Targets Oklahoma's High Female Lockup Rate

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A plan to target Oklahoma's highest-in-the-nation female incarceration rate with a prison diversion pilot program in Tulsa has unanimously passed the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate voted Wednesday for the bill by Republican Sen. Kim David of Porter that targets women convicted of drug or other nonviolent crimes. David says female offenders first must enter a plea of guilty, which a judge can withhold and waive if the woman completes the 12-to-18-month program.

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New DOC Director reviewing policies
6:13 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

No Cameras Or Recording Equipment Allowed In Oklahoma's Prisons

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Oklahoma's Department of Corrections has temporarily banned news media from bringing cameras or any recording equipment inside its prisons.

The Tulsa World reports that DOC officials notified the newspaper this week that requests to bring photographers inside prisons for two interviews had been denied. They instead said a reporter would be allowed to conduct the interviews, so long as no recording equipment was brought into the facility.

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Corrections
9:13 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Oklahoma State Reformatory Inmate Dies In Custody

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State corrections officials say an inmate has died at the Oklahoma State Reformatory.

Officials say the inmate was found Wednesday morning in his cell with blood surrounding him. Officials say the inmate had a faint pulse but responders were unable to revive him. The inmate was pronounced dead about 10 minutes later.

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Prisons
7:45 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Fallin Attorney Says Prison Staffing Is Not A Problem For Oklahoma

Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
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Despite a recent report that Oklahoma's ratio of prison guards to offenders is among the worst in the nation, Governor Mary Fallin's top attorney says he doesn't believe safety is being compromised at the state's prisons.

Fallin's general counsel Steve Mullins said Thursday he meets regularly with the interim director of the Department of Correction and is not concerned there is a problem with staffing at the state's prisons.

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Prisons
8:32 am
Thu November 28, 2013

More Women Graduating From Oklahoma Prison Diversion Program

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Terri White
Credit ok.gov

A third group of women will graduate from a prison diversion program next week.

The women are part of the ReMerge of Oklahoma County program. The four-phase program offers an alternative for pregnant women and mothers facing incarceration from non-violent felony convictions.

The commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will be at the ceremony. It's scheduled for Dec. 5 at Chesapeake Energy Corp.

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