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Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director to step down in June

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – After more than eight years as executive director of the ACLU of Oklahoma, Ryan Kiesel has announced that he will step down from his role in June of this year. Kiesel will remain with the organization this spring as the Board leads a national search process […]

527 Oklahomans to walk free in historic commutation move by Gov. Stitt and Pardon & Parole Board

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Friday, Nov. 1, 2019   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted to recommend the commutation of sentences for 527 Oklahomans, today. The recommended commutation docket is expected to be signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt, allowing the release of hundreds of Oklahomans on Monday. According […]

Oklahoma Christian University to host Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On Monday, February 18, criminal justice expert Bryan Stevenson will discuss “Complex Dialogues”  in the Garvey Center Main Auditorium , 2501 E. Memorial Road, on the Oklahoma Christian University campus in Edmond.  Doors open at 5 p.m. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. Stevenson, author of […]

A memory to celebrate: Oklahoma criminal justice reforms signed into law

By Joe Dorman A certain Thursday late last month (April 26) was a very interesting day at the Oklahoma state Capitol, and one that I will remember for quite a long time. I had the pleasure of attending the press conference and bill signing for five criminal justice reform measures. These bills, while highly debated […]

Governor Fallin signs criminal justice reforms, Former Speaker Steele applauds new laws, adding “there is more to do”

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin on Thursday (April 27) signed seven new laws that a press release from her office says will “reduce the flow of nonviolent offenders into prison; establish a more efficient and streamlined parole process; and facilitate successful reentry that reduces recidivism.” Former Speaker of the House Kris […]

Capitol Report for February 24: Renewed hopes for criminal justice reform? And, Medicaid managed care study released

During the weekly Capitol Report segment, Patrick B. McGuigan drew from a recent Oklahoma Watch news story surveying possible criminal justice reform legislation pending during the legislative session at the state Capitol. The possible reforms are sponsored by five key players at the Capitol – Senators Greg Treat, Stephanie Bice and Roger Thompson, and Representatives […]

Capitol Report for December 9: Tensions between governor and Republican leaders, and hoping for long-delayed criminal justice reform

In this weekend’s edition of Capitol Report on News9, analyst Patrick B. McGuigan discussed the timing of a special session, saying it would best come before year’s end. [Editor’s Note: After the segment was recorded, Governor Mary Fallin called for legislators to return on December 18.] There is no agreement over a revised budget between […]

On both offense and defense, Oklahoma criminal justice reformers advance the ball

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin has praised the first recipient of Oklahoma’s new “Pay for Success” (PFS) system  – Family & Children’s Services (F&CS) a Tulsa-based prison diversion program. PFS will operate under the umbrella of the acclaimed Women in Recovery (WIR) organization, also based in Tulsa. A celebratory event hailing […]

COMMENTARY: For the sake of the ten, for the sake of us all – 2016’s new hope for criminal justice reform

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – American prisons are too often graduate schools of crime, places where foundational purposes of Western law – restitution and justice – have become distant dreams, the equivalent of myths. In Oklahoma, prisons and jails are more crowded than ever, as Corrections trails only Health Care as a cost-driver […]

Capitol Report for June 25: A political novel/thriller, a new era in Indian country, reform strength in Tulsa

Commentator Patrick B. McGuigan compared Richard Engle’s “The Last American President” to the political novels of the great Allen Drury in a short review kicking off this week’s edition of Capitol Report, the CBS affiliate in Oklahoma City. The CapitolBeatOK editor commended it to viewers, calling it a timely story in light of this year’s […]

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