Between 2009 and 2018, 215 people died in Oklahoma jails, according to data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
In 2019, 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.
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More from this series:
Cell by Cell: With low starting pay and high turnover, Oklahoma County struggles to fully staff jail
Cell by Cell: Suspected of driving drunk, a long-haul trucker died in jail—but he actually had pneumonia