OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After just a few months on the job, the new director of Oklahoma's prison system is pushing more inmates into vacant beds at work centers and halfway houses.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton has nearly tripled the intake rate of prisoners into state facilities as he looks to tighten the agency's budget. He's starting with a backlog of more than 1,700 offenders in county jails awaiting transfer to DOC custody.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The vast majority of the country's 32 death penalty states refuse to disclose the source of their execution drugs.
A review by The Associated Press has found that the states cloaked in secrecy include some with the most active death chambers. Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and Missouri are among them.
The secrecy comes as most states now rely on loosely regulated "compounding pharmacies" for execution drugs but refuse to name them. They cite concerns about backlash that could endanger the supplier's safety.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma National Guard is planning to unveil four new UH-72A "Lakota" helicopters that are replacing an aging fleet of choppers that have been in service for more than 30 years.
Guard officials plan to unveil the new helicopters Sunday at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for two Oklahoma death-row inmates say that despite adverse rulings for condemned killers from Missouri and Texas before the U.S. Supreme Court, they believe their challenge to the state's execution law won't meet the same fate.
Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner sued the state in February over what they called a "veil of secrecy" surrounding execution protocols and the origins of drugs used in lethal injections.
16 new police officers get badges today. A ceremony is held at the Tulsa police academy to mark the graduation of the 16 recruits after six months of training. One of the grads is Emily Michie, who is following in her father’s footsteps. He spent 25 years on the Tulsa Police Force. She says it was kind of always in the back of her mind to become a law officer, but she didn’t really make up her mind until after college.
The recruits now transition to officers in training and will spend the next 16 weeks with field training officers.