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Pardon and Parole Board approves first inmates for streamlined parole

In one fell swoop, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board on Wednesday approved 73 inmates for a new type of parole intended to help alleviate the state’s overcrowded prisons. The parole process, approved by the Legislature last year, could be a firs...

 

A checklist of campaign promises: Can Stitt fulfill them?

Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt ran on a platform of bringing an outsider’s perspective to Oklahoma government and said he will draw on his business background to push the state into top 10 rankings for education, job growth and other areas. But Stitt will...

 

In search of new ways to tame opioid crisis

Oklahoma is among the nation’s leaders in combating the opioid epidemic in some ways, but lags in others. The question of what more Oklahoma can do to reduce the hundreds of fatal overdoses from prescription painkillers each year will hover over...

 

Autopsies reveal a march of infant deaths tied to unsafe sleeping

In October of last year, a 2-month-old infant from Kiowa County died after co-sleeping with her parents. Her mother woke up to find her father's arm partially obscuring her face, according to an...

 

Questions linger on dismissal of charges in Hofmeister case

Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister takes questions from reporters Tuesday after criminal charges against her and four others were dismissed. Just as suddenly as they appeared in...

 
 By Jeff Raymond    Regional    June 30, 2017

As criminal justice laws take effect, uncertainty surrounds bigger changes

Criminal justice measures approved by Oklahoma voters in November will take effect later this week, testing predictions that fewer people will go to prison and taxpayers will ultimately save millions...

 
 By Jeff Raymond    Regional    June 30, 2017

Sticking point in justice debate: What is a violent crime?

Is desecration of the American flag a violent crime? What about putting others at risk while fleeing a police officer? Stealing copper? Child abandonment? Rep. Scott Biggs, R-Chickasha, said his disagreement with criminal justice bills during the ses...

 

After year and a half, charges filed in deadly Cushing prison fight

A year and a half after the deadliest prison fight in Oklahoma history, Payne County prosecutors brought charges Monday against seven people in connection with the incident. None of the seven, however, was charged with murder in the prison-gang...

 
 By Jeff Raymond    Local    April 2, 2017

As meth surges, overdose deaths reach new record in Oklahoma

A record number of Oklahomans died from drug overdoses in 2016, and for the first time in years, methamphetamine was the single biggest killer, preliminary data shows. An Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control analysis shows 952...

 

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