This year, The Frontier is launching a project to track every jail death in the state. We’re calling this project Cell by Cell.
We hope to uncover more about how and why people die in Oklahoma jails. Each of the state’s 77 counties has at least one jail, and several cities have police lockups. In rural parts of the state, deaths often go unnoticed, and occasionally, unreported.
Jail officials are required to report inmate deaths to the Oklahoma State Department of Health immediately but that doesn’t always happen.
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