Opinion: We studied jail conditions and jail deaths − here’s what we found

BY: - November 14, 2023

The family of Samuel Lawrence, one of 10 people to die in Georgia’s Fulton County Jail in 2023, is fighting for answers and accountability. “I got to think about him every day of my life and I don’t know when the pain stops,” Lawrence’s father, Frank Richardson, told a local TV station in October 2023. […]


Opinion: Prisons and jails shouldn’t be built anywhere near public schools

BY: - October 13, 2023

Some leaders across the Oklahoma City area have raised the alarm recently about an odd provision of state law that allows correctional facilities to be built uncomfortably close to public schools. A debate over relocating the Oklahoma County jail has highlighted an obscure provision in state law that allows correctional facilities to be built about […]

Oklahoma high court weighs in on state’s $27 inmate reimbursement rate

BY: - October 10, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — County jail officials can charge above the state minimum for housing Department of Corrections inmates, but any costs must be directly related to incarcerating the prisoners, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The ruling caps off a yearslong dispute between county leaders, state Auditor and Inspector Cindy Byrd and the Department of […]

School leaders question proximity of potential Oklahoma County jail sites

BY: - October 9, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — The first Oklahoma County jail relocation in generations has raised questions and worries over how close a detention center can — and should — be to schools. Multiple school district superintendents spoke out in recent weeks as county commissioners considered potential sites less than a mile from school facilities. The three-member Board […]