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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A Cleveland County district judge today invalidated the Norman City Council’s decision to spend about $865,000 on financial oversight and social services instead of its police department.

The ruling is in response to a lawsuit filed by the Norman Fraternal Order of Police. One of the police union’s arguments was the city didn’t give citizens a good enough explanation about what would be decided in its June 16 meeting.

Judge Thomas Baldwin agreed with the union’s claim that the city violated the state’s Open Meetings Act.

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OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

The state Board of Corrections approved a list of legislative requests on Wednesday that will be introduced to lawmakers during the next legislative session.

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Oklahoma County's Board of County Commissioners decided on Monday to give $15 million in coronavirus relief funds to a program designed to help businesses, nonprofits and other community organizations hurt by the pandemic.

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A policy that gave Oklahoma prisoners time off their sentences for good behavior and completing reentry programs has been canceled. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections fears the practice isn’t legal, but without it the agency estimates its prison population will increase by more than 3% through at least the next two years.

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The budget board that reviews spending items for Oklahoma County’s board of commissioners wants the county to take back more than $25 million in federal coronavirus relief funds it originally transferred to its jail trust.

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COVID-19 is still circulating in Oklahoma prisons, but case counts are down after a massive spike in infections in late August and early September.

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The Oklahoma County Jail Trust voted Monday to send back more than half of the $40 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds allocated to its budget earlier this year. The move comes after months of protests against the relief funds being transferred to the jail.

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A record number of Oklahomans voted this year. More than 1.5 million Oklahomans cast ballots during the 2020 general election, beating 2016's number of about 1.4 million. Oklahoma also saw about an 175% increase in mail and absentee voting compared to 2016.

Thousands of Oklahomans lost electricity last week after a harsh ice storm cut through the state. The outages also left prisoners and staff in some local jails without power.

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