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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KOSU is covering the coronavirus in Oklahoma and how it's affecting our lives. Bookmark this page for the latest updates.

OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

There are now at least four state prisoners who have died after a COVID-19 diagnosis. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections reported two more deaths Monday night.

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Tulsa police released a video on Monday of David Ware shooting two police officers during a June traffic stop.  A district court judge has previously sealed video of the shooting, but reversed that decision after Ware’s attorney contested police and prosecutors' retelling of the event.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted unanimously today to hire Tom Bates as its new Executive Director. The board voted to give Bates the job effective immediately.

The board’s Chairman Robert Gilliland touted Bates’ years of service to the state and said he was the “perfect” choice.

Bates took over the Oklahoma State Department of Health in 2018 after the agency's leaders were accused of mismanaging state funds.

OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Democrats in the State Legislature are asking Gov. Kevin Stitt to require state prison employees be tested for COVID-19, but the Oklahoma Department of Corrections claims requiring testing would be illegal.

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Another state prisoner diagnosed with COVID has died. The man, incarcerated at Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington, was taken to a hospital where he died.

The state medical examiner’s office will determine his cause of death.

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An Oklahoma prisoner who tested positive for COVID-19 died in a hospital on Saturday. The woman, whose name has not been released, was admitted to the hospital with COVID symptoms.

She was incarcerated at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center which had 713 positive COVID cases as of Friday.

According to a Department of Corrections news release, the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine what caused her death. Citing medical privacy rules the corrections agency said it would not release her identity.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Oklahoma prisoner advocates say the conditions in a women's prison in the east-central town of Taft are unacceptable during a pandemic.

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Oklahoma’s most populous county is set to spend the bulk of a federal coronavirus relief package on its faulty jail. The decision has raised questions about how CARES Act money should be spent.

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There were at least 504 COVID-19 cases inside just one state prison on Friday, with nearly 900 prisoners across the state infected with the disease and hundreds of test results are still pending.

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