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 By Clifton Adcock    Local    April 27, 2017

Scanning license plate readers is DAs' latest revenue-boosting move

With less money from the state and bounced-check funds drying up, Oklahoma district attorneys are turning to issuing tickets and putting people on probation through their offices – activities...


Purchase would increase dominance of private prison company

CoreCivic, formerly Corrections Corp. of America, owns and operates the Cimarron Correctional Facility near Cushing, where in 2015 four inmates were fatally stabbed during a gang fight. Oklahoma’s largest private-prison company is proposing to...


Violent incidents raise questions about training of officers to deal with mentally ill

For the mentally ill and emotionally troubled, encounters with law enforcement officers and incarceration in jails pose a risk of death. A spike in fatalities in Oklahoma jails this year and several...


The man with the kitchen knife

By the afternoon of Aug. 18, 2014, Broken Arrow resident Larry Clark had begun to suspect something was wrong with his 60-year-old brother Gary. For about a week, Gary Clark had been acting erratic... Full story


Key witness in Hofmeister case resigns from job

A key witness in the criminal case against State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has resigned from his job as head of a school administrators’ group. Ryan Owens was general counsel for the Cooperative Council of Oklahoma School Administration before...


Q&A on criminal justice questions

State Questions 780 and 781 are two intertwined measures that seek to lower Oklahoma’s incarceration rate and divert more offenders to treatment programs. Proponents say the measures are critical to a state where numerous people’s lives are...


Where addiction holds a grip yet treatment is lagging

For many Oklahomans, the tug of war between drug addiction and the wait time for treatment can be a one-sided competition: The power of addiction often wins. Those who lack insurance or cannot pay out of pocket often find themselves on a long...


Unsettled country: rural Oklahoma's struggle with addiction, mental illness

From its vast, open ranges in the northwest to its lush, rolling hills in the southeast corner, rural Oklahoma still evokes an idyllic image. The archetype of quiet, small towns with a strong sense of community – where friendliness is abundant and... Full story


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