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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Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board

Measures taken to escape COVID-19 are making it harder for some domestic violence victims to find safety from their abusers. In addition to being isolated, victims may begin experiencing more severe violence.

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Gov. Kevin Stitt encouraged Oklahomans to wear masks and to be careful socializing during the upcoming holiday weekend. But, he said overall, the state is doing a good job fighting COVID-19.

The governor’s warnings come as the State Department of Health reports the state's largest daily increase in COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic.

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Civil rights activists are rebuking the Oklahoma County District Attorney for filing charges against Oklahoma City protesters accused of destroying property during demonstrations against police killings last month.

District Attorney David Prater charged multiple people with crimes such as, terrorism, rioting, arson, incitement to riot and assault and battery on a police officer. The defendants face years in prison.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections said in a statement last week there are some flaws in an analysis that claims eliminating sentence enhancements for nonviolent crimes would reduce the prison population and save the state up to $186 million in 10 years.

Sentence enhancements are a tool that allows courts to increase the maximum range of punishment for defendants who have prior convictions.

Two more state prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week. That makes a total of four prisoners and 15 staff who have tested positive for the disease.

The first prisoner who tested positive is scheduled to be released from William S. Key Correctional Center in Fort Supply, Okla. this week. He was tested because it's the Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ policy to test prisoners shortly before they leave the agency’s custody.

Criminal justice reform activists believe a potential ballot question that calls for an end to rules that extend prison sentences for repeat offenders could reduce the state prison population by more than eight percent over time.

New analysis completed by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a conservative think tank, suggests the changes in State Question 805 would save the state up to $186 million over 10 years.

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In the state’s largest city, the public often doesn’t hear the details on complaints filed against police or the investigations they prompt. But, a group of Oklahoma City activists is now calling for a new system of oversight in response to police violence.

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An eleven-hour meeting in Norman Tuesday night ended with the city council voting to cut $865,000 from the police department’s budget. The money will be spent on community support programs instead.

The cut comes after Norman residents called for major changes to policing as part of a nationwide wave of protests against police killings.

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Oklahoma City Police released body camera footage on Monday from the May 2019 arrest of 42-year-old Derrick “Ollie” Scott which ended with his death.

The video was released following demands by the Oklahoma City chapter of Black Lives Matter after a massive protest against police killings.

Officers found Scott as they responded to a 911 caller’s claim that a black man was arguing with someone and brandished a gun.

In the video, officers ask Scott if he has any weapons. Scott says he doesn’t. Officers order him to turn around as they approach but Scott runs away.

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