Non-lawyers represented Tulsa County in dozens of criminal cases, report states

The Tulsa County DA's Office used employees who were not authorized to practice law to prosecute dozens of misdemeanor cases between November 2017 and November 2018, including some jury trials, the district attorney's office admitted in a response to a bar complaint about the issue.
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Women’s excessive sentencing in Oklahoma proves need for criminal justice reforms, advocates say

The law known as “enabling child abuse” has been criticized for its unfair sentencing — advocates for criminal justice reform say that women bear the brunt of the punishment while men walk away with lesser sentences.
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How laws meant to protect children can fail mothers

Elizabeth Crafton got a 20-year sentence for failing to protect her young daughter from abuse. Her boyfriend, who was convicted of abuse in the case, received an 11-year sentence.
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State officials reverse course, will end 5-year death penalty hiatus with return to lethal injection

Oklahoma plans to use the same drug combination when it resumes the death penalty as it did in the troubled executions of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner, and the near execution in 2016 of Richard Glossip.
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For those struggling with addiction or mental health, Oklahoma jails can be deadly

Years after Oklahomans approved a measure to fund county-level mental health and substance abuse treatment services, jails are still considered the de facto mental health facilities. Sometimes with deadly results.
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He begged jail staff for medical attention. They ignored and mocked him. Then he died.

Terral Ellis died from sepsis and pneumonia after employees at the Ottawa County jail ignored, mocked and ridiculed him as he pleaded for medical attention, video from the jail shows. Lawyers for the county have said staff didn't know he had a serious medical condition.
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Cell by Cell: The complete list of people who died in Oklahoma jails in 2020

The Frontier is again tracking every jail death in Oklahoma in 2020. We hope to uncover more about how and why people die in Oklahoma jails.
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Death penalty talks begin, but it’s unclear when executions will resume

The last execution in Oklahoma was five years ago today. State agencies have begun to discuss ways to resume capital punishment, but difficulties abound and it's unclear if executions will begin again in 2020.
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Former longtime superintendent faces criminal, civil cases alleging child sexual abuse

The civil and criminal cases against Gary Young are believed to be the first tests of Oklahoma's Hidden Predators Act, which extended the age alleged child sexual abuse victims could file cases.
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Almost eight months after three children were shot by police in Hugo, still no ruling from the DA

In late April Hugo police shot a robbery suspect as well as three small children. Almost eight months later the DA has yet to rule on the case and told The Frontier he will not discuss it.
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