The Frontier

The Frontier is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to hold public officials accountable, give a voice to the powerless and tell the stories that others are afraid to tell, or that illuminate the lives of people in our community.

The Frontier’s goal is to shine a light on hypocrisy, fraud, abuse and wrongdoing at all levels in our community and state. They strive to delve into complex issues and explain them to readers, arming them with the information they need to make change.

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A boy who was sexually assaulted in a state-contracted group home in June was forced to sit in a plastic folding chair, isolated from other youth for several hours each day, according to the boy’s mother.

Speck Homes for Boys’ contract with the state of Oklahoma requires “24-hour awake intensive supervision” of the minors in its care. But the assault was captured on surveillance video in the home’s dining room just before noon on June 29 as staff and other youth bustled through the house.

Illustration by Dylan Goforth

Oklahoma state elected officials received nearly $2 million in campaign donations in the weeks leading up to, during and after this year’s legislative session, with two-thirds of those donations going to lawmakers, according to the most recent data from the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.