Cell by Cell: The complete list of people who have died in Oklahoma jails in 2019

The Frontier is tracking every jail death in Oklahoma in 2019. We hope to uncover more about how and why people die in Oklahoma jails. 
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Mental health experts: Mental health just one piece of larger mass shooting puzzle

While state politicians have said the key to stopping mass shootings is an increase in mental health funding, mental health experts say the issue is more nuanced.
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Two reported sexual assaults at state-contracted group homes spur concerns over supervision

One mother said employees would only allow her son to sit on a hard plastic chair with a piece of paper taped to it that read, “(Eric) only.” He was kept secluded from other boys, she said.
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In Oklahoma, political focus is on mental health, not guns

Most politicians questioned by The Frontier in the wake of the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio supported mental health reforms and the Second Amendment.
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Building a database of officer-involved shootings from scratch

Following two high-profile officer involved shootings, I realized that comprehensive information about the topic in Oklahoma was scarce. So I set out to collect it on my own.
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DHS investigation into toddler’s injuries preceded her death

The death of a 2-year-old Pottawatomie County girl in 2017 came just a month after a DHS investigation was launched due to concerns over multiple injuries the girl had sustained, according to a report released last week.
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‘Very prejudicial:’ District Attorney asks judge to halt release of police shooting video

Pittsburg County DA Chuck Sullivan said he has not yet seen the video, but he fears its release could prejudice a potential jury should any officer involved in the Mark Anson Schoggins shooting be charged with a crime.
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Cell by Cell: With low starting pay and high turnover, Oklahoma County struggles to fully staff jail

“It’s just a merry-go-round of employees who are always starting and quitting within three months, a very short period."
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Jury rules in favor of Mayes County deputy in fatal shooting lawsuit

The seven jurors reached a verdict in favor of Mayes County Deputy Kyle Wilson after less than two hours of deliberation in the lawsuit filed in 2015 by Janelle Bridges, widow of 33-year-old Shane Bridges.
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Mayes County deputy testifies that the man he killed was ‘a friend,’ but had fired a gun at him before being shot

Also on Tuesday, Bridge’s widow, Janelle Bridges, testified that she did not hear her husband pick up or fire a weapon prior to Wilson shooting at him, and that she heard her husband come back inside the house prior to Wilson opening fire.
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