Quinton Chandler

Criminal Justice Reporter

Quinton Chandler joined StateImpact Oklahoma in January 2018, focusing on criminal justice reporting.

He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with degrees in Economics and Marketing. Chandler was a student reporter at KOSU, and later a host and reporter at KBBI Radio in Homer, Alaska and education reporter at KTOO Public Media in Juneau, Alaska.

Quinton loves writing, reading and has an intense relationship with his Netflix account.

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Criminal justice reform advocates are doubling down on their requests to send some state prisoners home during the Coronavirus pandemic. They want the Governor Kevin Stitt to approve the releases for more than 280 prisoners.

The state Pardon and Parole Board already recommended the prisoners' sentences be commuted and Stitt has mostly agreed with the board's recommendations in the past.

Washita-Custer County Treatment Court

Recovering from drug addiction requires personal accountability, but that’s hard to do from home. So, Oklahoma drug courts have to innovate to maintain service and a social distance.

Últimas noticias del Coronavirus en Oklahoma

Apr 1, 2020
Jenny Stanford / KOSU

Actualizado el 1 de abril a las 5:49 p.m. Esta publicación será actualizada cuando tengamos más información sobre el COVID-19 en Oklhoma.

Tras semanas de confusión pública sobre como conseguir los análisis y las restricciones sobre quien era apto, el Gobernador de Oklahoma Kevin Stitt cambió el rumbo el miércoles.

"Cualquiera con síntomas de COVID-19, or aquellos que han tenido contacto con alguien con COVID-19, necesitan hacerse los análisis esta semana," Stitt.

Governor Kevin Stitt and Attorney General Mike Hunter are giving police advice on how to avoid contracting coronavirus and prevent others from spreading it.

The guidance includes a disclaimer that the governor and attorney general are not calling for dangerous criminals to be released from jail, but right now they say it is better for fewer people to be in jails and prisons.

Criminal justice reform advocates are calling for the release of people from county jails and state prisons as the coronavirus spreads.

Their long list of requests includes wanting elderly prisoners, prisoners with immune deficiencies and people on the verge of release out of state prisons. They’re also calling for the Pardon and Parole Board to expedite releases for people who might already be eligible for shortened sentences.

Kris Steele, leader of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform says incarcerated people are at high risk of spreading the virus.

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety

If you're driving with a recently expired license, you don't have to worry about getting in trouble.

As part of its coronavirus response, the state is giving an indefinite grace period to Oklahomans whose licenses expired on or after February 15, 2020. The Department of Public Safety granted the extension in response to Governor Kevin Stitt’s executive order declaring a state of emergency for Oklahoma.


The coronavirus pandemic is forcing the Oklahoma Highway Patrol's future troopers to train from home.

The 67 cadets were sent home from their live-in academy to prevent the spread of the virus. Right now, cadets are taking classes online and are being sent daily workouts their instructors are trusting them do.

The Highway Patrol hopes its response to the virus won't derail the academy's schedule, as they desperately need new graduates. Even if all of the cadets graduate when the academy ends in July, the patrol will still be short 200 troopers.

Coronavirus en Oklahoma: semana del 16 al 22 de Marzo

Mar 22, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Actualizado el 22 de marzo a las 6:43 p.m.

El Gobernador Kevin Stitt y el Secretario de Salud y Servicios Humanos, Jerome Loughridge, anunciaron en rueda de prensa el viernes por la tarde que Oklahoma tiene suministro de equipatiento de protección para 9.3 días.

Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

During a viral pandemic jail administrators want fewer prisoners, not more.

To help, some district courts are issuing orders to decrease their county jail populations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to a Tulsa World report, Tulsa County District Court ordered the releases of nearly 70 people charged with both misdemeanors and felonies last week.