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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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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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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‘This is not a test run, this is the Super Bowl:’ As Amazon HQ proposal deadline nears, Tulsa Mayor is shooting for the stars

“I’m a year removed from being a guy who was supposed to lose the mayor’s race by 30 points a week out (from election day,) and who won by 18 points,” Bynum said. “I didn’t listen to the naysayers.”
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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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