Still Waiting: Oklahoma prosecutors seek life without parole again in most juvenile cases up for review

While 21 states have moved to ban life without parole for juveniles, all legislative efforts to do so in Oklahoma have failed.
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Still Waiting: Convicted of murder as a teenager, Dana Barker now hopes for freedom

“I should have gone to prison,” Dana Barker said. “I did something horrible, but I don’t know that I should have given up the rest of my life.”
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Still Waiting: Oklahoma’s juvenile life without parole prisoners struggle to get attorneys, new hearings

The courts say dozens of Oklahoma prisoners serving life without parole for crimes they committed as teenagers have the right to new sentences, but many are still waiting for a second chance.
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Cell by Cell: Oklahoma County jail’s poor design contributes to safety, security issues

Construction of the Oklahoma County jail was funded by a temporary penny sales tax that built the problem-riddled facility. But there was no new, permanent source of revenue to totally pay for the maintenance and upkeep of the jail after the sales tax expired.
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Bill would authorize, require Oklahoma election board to periodically check voters’ U.S. citizenship status

State election board officials told The Frontier they do not know how feasible the bill's directive would be.
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As federal background check legislation passes, gun laws in Oklahoma loosen

On the same day U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn voted in favor of federal background check expansion on gun purchases, Oklahoma loosened its restrictions on gun ownership.
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Criminal justice reform bill sees pushback from district attorneys

Prosecutors say the proposal could have far-reaching, unintended consequence and clog the courts with old cases.
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Two Oklahoma jails are submitting DNA from recent arrestees to the OSBI; As many as 17 more expected to join them

The program is the result of a controversial law passed in 2016 that only just got off the ground late last year.
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Oklahoma City says it will take action if federal investigation finds recovery program broke any laws

Attorneys for the city met this week to discuss the Firstep men’s and women’s recovery program in response to a joint investigation by The Frontier and StateImpact Oklahoma.
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Oklahoma struggles to keep workloads manageable for child welfare workers

In Tulsa County, Just 34 percent of child welfare workers met caseload standards midway through 2018, according to the report.
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