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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 […]

FOI Oklahoma announces 2019 award recipients to be honored Oct. 2

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – FOI (Freedom of Information) Oklahoma will host its annual awards banquet on Wednesday, October 2 at the University of Central Oklahoma – Nigh University Center in Edmond. The reception will begin at 6 p.m., with the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The deadline for […]

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 […]

Oklahoma soon will be nation’s highest incarcerating state, Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform promise aggressive new advocacy

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – With Oklahoma potentially mere days away from becoming the highest incarcerating state in the country, Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR) have promised aggressive new advocacy for long-term improvements to the state’s broken criminal justice system. OCJR’s long-term plan for reform in Oklahoma will be to press for legislative approval, […]

An Editor’s Notebook: Life, laments, grades and goodness

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – From an editor’s notebook, Lankford and life, Kiesel is concerned, Goodwin gives grades – and Fallin’s a fan of generous state workers. On Friday, U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, participated in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., held Friday (January 27). After the event, he […]

Death penalty foes respond to voter approval of State Question 776

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Members of The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) and other anti-death penalty advocates registered disappointment that passage of State Question 776 now permanently enshrines the death penalty in the Oklahoma Constitution’s Bill of Rights section. “State Question 776 represented the legislature’s veiled attempt to control the courts, […]

Some good news for advocates of medical marijuana: Enough signatures for ballot status ratified

By Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Supporters of a proposal to legalize use of marijuana for medical purposes got some good news this week, clearing the way for an eventual vote on the statutory ballot initiative. As a ten-day period for challenges to petition signatures ended, no hurdles remained to clear the measure for […]

After submission of more than 200,000 signatures, ballot status likely for historic criminal justice reform initiatives

Staff Report (First of two articles on the Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform campaign) OKLAHOMA CITY – A pair of ballot initiatives aiming to advance significant reform in state prison and sentencing policy appear to have qualified for the November general election ballot in Oklahoma. In early June, Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform delivered about […]

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 […]

ACLU to honor CAIR Oklahoma and its director Adam Soltani with Angie Debo Award

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Oklahoma branch of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) and its Executive Director, Adam Soltani, will receive the state’s top civil liberties award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma this weekend. “Adam Soltani and CAIR-Oklahoma were chosen to receive the Angie Debo Award because of […]

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