Oklahoma Department of Corrections

OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Starting April 1, Oklahoma state prisoners will be allowed to see visitors again. Visitation has been suspended since September 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections is easing prison lockdowns across the state.

Prisoners’ movements have been restricted since late November after more than 20 people were assaulted in gang fights at three male prisons.

OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

As the 2021 tax season looms, Oklahomans are waiting for another round of COVID-19 relief payments. State prisoners are also waiting to get their stimulus checks, despite objections from the Internal Revenue Service.

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.

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