Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Two prisoner advocacy groups are going to protest the treatment of incarcerated Oklahomans in front of the state Department of Corrections headquarters Friday afternoon.

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.

Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

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.

Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

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.

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.

OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections intends to stop reducing prisoners’ sentences in exchange for good behavior and their participation in programs designed to help them restart their lives after prison.

OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

State prisoners won’t be getting any more visitors.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections announced Wednesday it suspended visitation across all of its state-run institutions as a precaution against COVID-19.

  This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about support from Oklahoma Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe to vote for President Trump's nominee to replace the late-Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on the U.S. Supreme Court, the Oklahoma County Jail Trust falling one vote shy of removing Immigrations and Customs Enforcement out of the jail and the state's decision to start testing prison employees following an outbreak of COVID-19 at facilities.

 

Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

In the last month there’s been a series of massive COVID-19 outbreaks inside Oklahoma’s state prisons. After the new cases, more than 3,000 prisoners had tested positive for COVID-19 throughout the pandemic. The outbreaks renewed calls for expanded COVID-19 testing and spurred changes to prison policy.

OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections will now require all of its staff to get tested for COVID-19, a point of conflict between the prison agency and prisoner advocates.

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