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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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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Racist Facebook posts made by account of Verdigris police officer will not result in suspension

The officer, who works part-time for the police department in the predominantly white town, said his account was hacked, according to the police chief. Rather than a suspension, the officer will receive social media counseling.
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Tulsa County suspends use of christian rehab facility for drug offenders as evaluation is conducted

The program — CAAIR (Christian Alcoholics & Addicts in Recovery — was the source of an investigation by Reveal, which found defendants who worked long hours at a chicken plant and received no pay while the rehab reaped profits.
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Family of man who died in Tulsa’s jail wants transparency from Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office

The family of a man who died after a “medical emergency” in the Tulsa Jail last month is seeking answers and asking jail officials for transparency on the incident.
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Class-action suit filed against court-referred work program following national investigation

The lawsuit alleges CAAIR and Simmons Food violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, Oklahoma Protection of Labor Act, Oklahoma Minimum Wage Act and Oklahoma’s Human Trafficking statutes.
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Documents and video detail deadly gang fight at private Cushing prison; facility responded to riot by destroying records

Internal DOC documents allege that prison officials violated state corrections policy by intentionally destroying audio and video surrounding the event, and heightened danger faced by prisoners and responding staff by requiring cell doors be locked at all times.
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They thought they were going to rehab. They ended up in chicken plants

Here’s how the poultry industry turned drug defendants into indentured servants – and convinced the courts to go along with it.
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