Oklahoma prison system stops accepting newly sentenced prisoners amid pandemic

In a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Oklahoma prison system has locked its doors to newly sentenced prisoners from county jails from around the state. 
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Answering your COVID-19 questions

We know you have questions related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in Oklahoma, and we're doing our best to get you answers.
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Bar association recommends censure for DA’s office supervisor who oversaw unlicensed non-attorneys

Every case worked on by unlicensed interns at the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office between 2017 and 2018 is potentially voidable, a lawyer for the Oklahoma Bar Association testified in a disciplinary hearing Wednesday.
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Jails and prisons across Oklahoma are looking to prevent, prepare for COVID-19

Though jails and prisons are contained by nature, health experts have long warned that detention facilities are vulnerable to infectious disease spread.
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‘It will be intense’: Board prepares for clemency requests following execution restart

Pardon and Parole Board Director Steven Bickley said he wanted to schedule six training sessions before the end of summer on how the clemency process works, the psychological impact and how to prepare for a hearing.
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First prosecutions of uninsured drivers caught on camera could happen this year

More than 14,000 uninsured Oklahoman drivers have paid to enter the state’s diversion program, though no one has yet been prosecuted for not having insurance.
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Attorneys in Ada ‘Innocent Man’ case request judge vacate Ward’s conviction and sentence, point to newly uncovered evidence

A key part of the newly-uncovered evidence is a statement by the victim's husband to Tommy Ward's attorneys, who say it shows police elicited a false confession from Ward.
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Attorneys for death row inmates file motion, say 150-day stay is still in place

Dale Baich told The Frontier that since the attorneys for death row inmates feel the revised death penalty protocol is incomplete, it's their belief that the 150-day stay that must expire prior to an execution being scheduled is still in place.
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AG: Oklahoma prepared to ‘aggressively’ defend death penalty in upcoming federal court challenge

AG Mike Hunter told about two dozen district attorneys on Thursday he is prepared to fight federal court challenges to the death penalty.
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Oversight agency cites 21 policy violations at state juvenile facility following teen’s death

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Investigators listed 21 policy violations in the report, including for lack of staff training, improper supervision and failing to report incidents such as bullying and inappropriate sexual contact.
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