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The Oklahoma City Police Department has released graphic video footage of the recent hostage takeover at the Oklahoma County Detention Center.

For the second time this year, inmates at a jail in downtown St. Louis broke into a small riot.

On Sunday, videos and other pictures shared on social media showed inmates of the St. Louis Justice Center hanging out the broken windows of their cells. The men threw chairs and other objects to onlookers down below as they chanted, "We want court dates!"

Social media posts from local reporters on the scene show the inmates setting a fire on the third floor of the building, according to KMOV4 in St. Louis.

Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s jail inspectors filed a report detailing numerous deficiencies in the Oklahoma County Jail. The inspectors' feedback paints a clear picture of an understaffed, malfunctioning jail that has recently seen an increase in deaths.

It's a staple on some of the longest-running crime shows on television: Communications between people charged with crimes and their lawyers are protected from government snooping under what's known as attorney-client privilege.

In practice, things don't always work that way, especially when it comes to email messages between incarcerated people in the federal system and their attorneys. That's because within the Federal Bureau of Prisons, inmates are asked to "voluntarily" agree to electronic monitoring in order to use the bureau's email system.

Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

The Oklahoma County jail went on lockdown Saturday after a correctional officer was taken hostage.

Ultimately, the hostage was rescued but a suspect was killed.

For people serving time in jail or prison, it may seem like punishment ends on the day of release. But in fact, thousands of restrictions dictate the terms of life after incarceration, too.

University of Chicago professor Reuben Jonathan Miller estimates that there are 45,000 "laws, policies and administrative sanctions" in the U.S. that target people with criminal records. Some ban the formerly incarcerated from serving on juries. Others prevent people with records from gaining employment.

The GEO Group

A private prison in Oklahoma is closing after an order from the Biden Administration to scale back the use of for profit institutions to detain federal prisoners.


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.

Jacob McCleland / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

A conservative think tank supporting a bill that would limit the practice of giving higher prison sentences to repeat nonviolent offenders says the move would save millions of dollars even though its benefits would affect fewer people than a recent failed state question.

Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma has made some big changes to its justice system in recent years. Activists and lawmakers proposed big picture reforms and some of the suggestions succeeded.