A veteran investigative reporter who has covered eastern Oklahoma for more than 15 years, Clifton joined The Frontier in April 2017. A native of southeastern Oklahoma, he has covered numerous issues from criminal justice to politics for publications including the Tulsa World, the Oklahoma Gazette, and Oklahoma Watch. Clifton holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma.
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Though jails are often referred to as the new form of mental institutions by mental health and criminal justice reform advocates, the ability to adequately identify mental illness among prisoners or inmates who might pose a suicide risk varies from facility to facility.
Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado also said he and the phone service vendor came to an agreement in the last year to lower inmate phone price rates, and that the previous rates were likely gouging inmates and their families.
State corrections officials expressed several concerns about CoreCivic’s plans to close the facilities, including sending prisoners nearing release from one of the best performing reentry facilities to one of the worst performing facilities.
Lisa Reyna is the second eyewitness to speak with The Frontier and whose account of what happened during the crash contradicts details in a report by a Tulsa County Sheriff’s deputy who had just made a U turn in the roadway when the crash occurred.