Criminal Justice

Experts say more police, diversion programs, can lower crime

Experts told lawmakers they can reduce both incarcerations and crime rates by, in part, increasing the number of police on the street and boosting the use of diversion programs for lower-tier offenders.

Ray Carter
September 16, 2022
Criminal Justice

Self-defense can land domestic-abuse victims in jail

Women in abusive relationships often fall into illegal activity due in part to that relationship, which increases their likelihood of landing in an Oklahoma prison, a range of experts told state lawmakers this week.

Ray Carter
September 14, 2022
Criminal Justice

Work touted as crucial need to reform ex-convicts

If officials want the recidivism rate to decline for ex-convicts, Oklahoma must increase opportunities for incarcerated individuals to get job training and encourage more businesses to become “second chance” employers who will hire people with a record, lawmakers were told at a legislative study this week.

Ray Carter
August 23, 2022
Criminal Justice
Ryan Haynie
July 14, 2022
Criminal Justice

O’Connor demands action on terrorists attacking pro-lifers

Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor has joined 18 of his state counterparts to urge federal law enforcement officials to take action against the rising tide of domestic-terrorist attacks on pro-life organizations and also vowed to devote state resources to those prosecution efforts.

Ray Carter
June 22, 2022
Criminal Justice, Law & Principles

Oklahoma Democrats call for gun control

Following a Tulsa shooting that took the lives of four individuals (not counting the shooter), members of the state House Democratic caucus are calling for new gun-control measures to be passed as part of a pending special legislative session.

Ray Carter
June 2, 2022
Criminal Justice

Vetoed bill might have facilitated gun seizures

When Gov. Kevin Stitt recently vetoed House Bill 3501, proponents of the bill claimed it would have simply allowed state police to address individuals convicted by tribal courts of drunk driving and similar offenses.

Ray Carter
May 13, 2022
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