Criminal Justice

Cancel culture goes from big tech to big government

Big-tech billionaires are not the only people in the cancel culture game. Lately, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater and Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor have been engaged in their own attempt to cancel members of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

Ryan Haynie
November 22, 2021
Criminal Justice, Good Government

McGirt helping Aryan Brotherhood, harming Indians?

Oklahomans have been assured tribal police help provide a “blanket of protection” for all citizens despite the McGirt ruling. But state law enforcement officials tell a different story and say McGirt has created a blanket of protection mostly for criminals, including a member of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood.

Ray Carter
October 25, 2021
Criminal Justice

Public safety, sentencing reform not incompatible

Members of the Criminal Justice Reclassification Coordination Council want Oklahomans to think the only way to reduce the state prison population and its taxpayer expense is to let predators walk free. That’s verifiable nonsense that should be rejected.

Jonathan Small
October 13, 2021
Criminal Justice

Contrasting estimates presented on sentencing reform plan

After a lengthy development process, officials have presented lawmakers with a proposed overhaul of sentencing laws in Oklahoma.

Ray Carter
October 7, 2021
Criminal Justice

Expungement reform can promote safety and personal responsibility

Data and a growing number of officials are finding that allowing certain people to expunge their criminal records results in less crime and greater personal responsibility.

Jonathan Small
September 13, 2021
Criminal Justice

Expungement reform touted as way to reduce crime

If the Oklahoma government allows automatic expungement of certain lower-level criminal convictions, it will help people who have served their sentences to again become productive members of society and make them less likely to reoffend, a panel of experts told state lawmakers during an interim study.

Ray Carter
August 31, 2021
Criminal Justice

Abuse of tribal police alleged in Cherokee Nation

Many Cherokees indicate their tribal police have too often been used as political enforcers rather than as law-enforcement officials.

Ray Carter
August 30, 2021
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