In addition to approving a working budget for the coming fiscal, the Oklahoma County Jail Budget Board on Monday also allocated some last-minute supplementary funding for the current fiscal year.

Published in Current Events
Monday, 02 January 2012 17:49

Texas still top state for the death penalty

By Anna M. Tinsley

TEXAS - With six executions scheduled for the first three months of 2012 -- and more than twice as many executions as any other state on the books last year -- Texas is poised to continue leading the nation in executions despite a nationwide slowdown in capital punishment.


Published in Prison Legal News
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT
Published: May 6, 2011

The Oklahoma House of Representatives overwhelmingly supported a measure that would expand both the use of community sentencing programs and electronic monitoring of nonviolent inmates. It also would limit the governor’s role in the parole process for nonviolent offenders.

A bill intended to relieve prison overcrowding and reduce the strain it places on the state budget is on the way to the governor.

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved House Bill 2131, which among other things would expand both the use of community sentencing programs and the electronic monitoring of low-risk, nonviolent inmates.

It’s the first significant piece of legislation favoring alternative sentences for nonviolent offenders. Legislators over the years have passed “tough on crime” measures that have increased penalties and prison sentences, a key reason why Oklahoma’s incarceration rate routinely ranks in the top five nationally.

Published in Prison Legal News

The Oklahoma House of Representatives overwhelmingly supported a measure that would expand both the use of community sentencing programs and electronic monitoring of nonviolent inmates. It also would limit the governor’s role in the parole process for nonviolent offenders.

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT    
Published: May 6, 2011

A bill intended to relieve prison overcrowding and reduce the strain it places on the state budget is on the way to the governor.

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved House Bill 2131, which among other things would expand both the use of community sentencing programs and the electronic monitoring of low-risk, nonviolent inmates.

It’s the first significant piece of legislation favoring alternative sentences for nonviolent offenders. Legislators over the years have passed “tough on crime” measures that have increased penalties and prison sentences, a key reason why Oklahoma’s incarceration rate routinely ranks in the top five nationally.

Published in Prison Legal News
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 16:50

Study finds children of inmates at higher risk

10/12/10
KEN MILLER, Associated Press Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma children whose mothers are in prison are five times more likely to end up in prison themselves, according to a report released Tuesday by a child advocacy group.

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy's annual Kids Count Factbook said those children then often have children of their own who end up in the same situation, perpetuating the cycle.

"We know any adverse childhood experience, any sort of trauma or loss a child experiences affects them in their development," said Linda Terrell, the group's executive director.

Published in Family Support