State prison board to consider legislative agenda closing some public meeting discussion, records

The Department is also seeking to add exemptions to state law that would make confidential some prisoner records, as well as a wide swath of information regarding Oklahoma Correctional Industries, an arm of DOC that employs prisoners in manufacturing and producing goods.
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In message to Oklahoma sheriffs, Rep. Scott Biggs praised for stopping several criminal justice reform measures

The comments came during a speech headlined by United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
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Oklahoma business, municipal and energy groups ask federal court to reconsider death penalty decision from ‘Indian Country’

The U.S. Department of Justice is also asking the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of appeals to reconsider the decision, after a panel of judges found the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation was not disestablished and that the state did not have jurisdiction.
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Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett acknowledges challenge of reaching Tulsans as he kicks off campaign for governor

After the speech, Cornett said that his campaign had done some polling in the Tulsa area and had found that he was recognized by only about 15 percent of the residents.
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‘Unprecedented’: Mental health advocates, state leaders prepare for the worst as mental health cuts loom

For Family & Children's Services, the cuts would be "catastrophic." The organization provides treatment for almost 18,000 adults with serious mental illness and 4,200 children with behavioral disorders health every year.
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Former reserve deputy Robert Bates could be released from prison as early as Thursday

Second-degree manslaughter is not one of Oklahoma’s “85 percent statutes,” crimes in which a convicted person must serve 85 percent of the sentence before even being considered for probation or parole.
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Oklahoma rehab work camps were about to be regulated. Then a friend stepped in

“He said, ‘Look, I have a couple of them in my area. Would you mind exempting them?’ ” recalled Republican Rep. Dale Derby, who sponsored the bill. “I wasn’t aware that he was on the board. I wouldn’t have done it.”
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Lawsuit: Oklahoma jailers mocked, withheld medical care from inmate suffering from 91-hour erection

The suit stats jailers "mocked Plaintiff for his condition over the period of days while denying him medical treatment,” which caused “irreparable harm."
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After losing Medicaid contract, Shadow Mountain had fewer patients in its care

The new report found facility deficiencies only at a "standard" level, which are typically considered to be minor. This means the Health Department now recognizes the facility to be in compliance with agency standards. Whether the report’s findings will affect the facility's prospects of getting its Medicaid contract back is unclear.
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Team of insiders tasked by state to investigate deadly private prison riot was unique, Department of Corrections says

The facility’s “Phase Policy” required offenders’ cells to be locked even if the prisoner was not inside the cell. The policy was criticized in the Inspector General’s report by both prisoners and staff members who responded to the incident, who said the locked doors prevented them from immediately locking down prisoners on the unit.
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