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Some criminal justice reformers raise substantive concerns about new laws

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Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Ardent advocates of criminal justice reform are concerned that new laws, enacted Thursday, will disappoint many who have worked for the past decade to change the Sooner State’s status as the American state with the largest rates of incarceration. This week, Governor Mary Fallin, with the support of the […]

OKC’s annual Festival of the Arts opens April 24

Over 250 performers will delight festival goers on three stages during the 2018 Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The annual Festival of the Arts returns to Oklahoma City’s Bicentennial Park at 500 Couch Drive at Walker Avenue, from April 24 to 29.  The event will feature more than 140 of the nation’s most talented artists, an expanded children’s art area, returning food faves, […]

LifeShare honors donor Sam Akin who gave the gift of life

Sam Akin, from Enid, OK, saved four lives through organ donation. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY ,OK  — This April, LifeShare is honoring those who have given the gift of life by celebrating National Donate Life Month. Across the United States, more than 115,000 individuals wait for an organ transplant to save their life. Thousands more are in need of tissue and corneal […]

Seeking “Smart Justice” and promised reforms Oklahoma’s American Civil Liberties Union organizes Day at Capitol

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Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher OKLAHOMA CITY – At a late March state Capitol event, the American Civil Liberties of Oklahoma — in collaboration with Smart Justice Oklahoma — pressed legislators to advance promised criminal justice reforms in the current legislative session. In conjunction with a lobbying day they hosted at the state Capitol in Oklahoma […]

Heather Coyle places bid for Oklahoma County District Judge

Assistant District Attorney Heather Coyle is running for Oklahoma County District Judge, 7th Judicial District, Office No. 8.  Photo by Payton Pettigrew

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   On March 15, Oklahoma City attorneys Mack Martin and John Coyle hosted a reception and fundraiser for Heather Coyle, who is a candidate for Oklahoma County District Judge, 7th Judicial District, Office No. 8. Approximately 100 enthusiastic supporters attended the event at Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse. “When I was made […]

Speaker McCall and Minority Leader Kouplen cheer major tax increase approval in state House

House Speaker Charles (left) and House Minority Leader Steve Kouplen .  Photos provided.

Staff Report House Speaker Charles McCall and House Minority Leader Steve Kouplen released the following statements Monday (March 28) after the House of Representatives passed a package of revenue measures that would fund pay raises for teachers, school support staff and state employees and provide additional money for the classrooms. The plan provides first-year teachers […]

House Democrats praise Oklahoma High Court’s Decision allowing ballot initiative circulation to increase gross production tax rate

(L-R) Rep. Eric Proctor, Rep. David Perryman and Minority Leader Steve Kouplen.  Photos provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Several state House Democrats have responded to an Oklahoma state Supreme Court decision issued Monday (March 19) that allows an initiative petition to restore the gross production tax (GPT) to pay for education costs to proceed. State Question 795, as the proposal is designated, would increase the GPT tax rate […]

Dr. Susan Sharp Crow to address race and the death penalty at OK-CADP annual dinner

Rev. Don Heath, Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty chair. Photo by Darla Shelden

  By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Sociology professor and death penalty expert, Dr. Susan Sharp Crow will be keynote speaker during the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) 27th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Saturday, April 21.  Her topic that evening will be “The Oklahoma Death Penalty […]

Gov. Fallin, legislative leaders and district attorneys promise advance for criminal justice reform

Governor Mary Fallin, along with, from left Senate Majority Floor Leader Greg Treat, House Majority Whip Terry O'Donnell, and District Attorneys Richard Smothermon (Lincoln and Pottatomie Counties) and David Prater (Oklahoma County), on March 5 announced an agreement has been reached that will allow six criminal justice reform measures to advance in this year's legislative session. The five also announced legislation would be fashioned for a coordinating council to oversee future criminal justice reform efforts. Photo Provided

Staff Report Governor Mary Fallin, joined by legislators, district attorneys and business leaders, announced early this month an agreement has been reached that will allow six criminal justice reform measures to advance in this year’s legislative session, as well as develop a coordinating council to oversee future criminal justice reform efforts. “These reforms are targeted […]

Oklahoma to become first state to pursue Inert Gas Inhalation execution protocol

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter (at podium) and Department of Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh (right) announced this week during a press conference that the new method of execution in Oklahoma would be nitrogen hypoxia.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (March 15, 2018). Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and Department of Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh announced on Wednesday during a press conference at the State Capitol that the next method of execution in Oklahoma would be nitrogen hypoxia. “After many hours of research, deliberation and conversations with […]

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