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Tondalao Hall will walk free from Mabel Bassett Correctional Center on Friday at 11 a.m.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019) — After serving 2 years in jail and 13 years in prison, domestic violence survivor and mother, Tondalao Hall will be released along with other inmates discharging at 11 a.m. Friday (Nov. 8) from Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud. Hall, now 33, […]

ACLU to pursue appeal in Oklahoma anti-panhandling case

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoman Editorial Board recently stated that a federal judge has ruled that the Oklahoma City ordinance that outlaws panhandling from traffic medians is constitutional. The ordinance was approved by the city council in December 2015 after much debate. The ordinance prohibited standing on traffic […]

Some criminal justice reformers raise substantive concerns about new laws

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 […]

ACLU’s Kiesel presses legislative leaders to deliver promised criminal justice reforms

Staff Report   As the March 1 committee deadline nears, the Oklahoma Legislature has not considered meaningful criminal justice reform measures authored this session, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Ryan Kiesel, a former state legislator who is now executive director of the ACLU of Oklahoma, said in weekend press release: “The governor, legislative […]

Laws opposing federal transgender guidance fall short, but Oklahoma Legislature approves resolution backing A.G. Pruitt’s lawsuit

by Patrick B. McGuigan May 31, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY – Since issuance of a May 13 “guidance letter” from the Obama administration, transgender rights – most prominently touching public school bathroom policies – have propelled wide-ranging discussion about schools in the United States, including Oklahoma. On Thursday, May 26, a press conference sponsored by Freedom […]

Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty analyzes grand jury report

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor Wednesday, May 26, 2016 OKLAHOMA CITY – The leading group organizing continued opposition to the state’s use of executions as a means of punishment held a major press conference at the Oklahoma state Capitol the morning after the multi-county grand jury presented a lengthy report about its deliberations. The Oklahoma Coalition […]

LGBT advocates criticize 26 measures introduced in Oklahoma Legislature

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY — In a state Capitol press conference held January 26, an advocacy group for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) causes said 26 measures introduced for consideration in the 2016 session of the Oklahoma Legislature are discriminatory. The Gayly website posted a detailed press release about the event, summarizing critiques of […]

OBSERVATIONS: On the Paseo, journalist Scott Carter settles in his new role at the ACLU of Oklahoma

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Journalist M. Scott Carter has vacated the halls of power at the seat of Oklahoma government. He has assumed a new position with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oklahoma. Carter’s new office lies in the heart of a vibrant community of artists, and thereby lies […]

Some more time: Richard Glossip’s advocates joyful over stay, critics somewhat muted

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – This week’s decision from the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals provoked joy from Richard E. Glossip’s defenders and advocates trying to prevent his execution, and somewhat muted responses from those who have said he is guilty in the 1997 murder of hotel owner Barry Van Treese. Former […]

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