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Oklahoma Weighs Moving More Inmates to Private Prisons, Or Buying a Private Prison

Oklahoma Weighs Moving More Inmates to Private Prisons, Or Buying a Private Prison

By Clifton Adcock Oklahoma Watch The Oklahoma Board of Corrections is looking at three options to deal with overcrowding at the state’s prison facilities: expanding public prisons, contracting for more private-prison beds, and buying or leasing one of the state’s two empty private prisons. At its Thursday meeting, the board approved a measure allowing the

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Oklahoma Hospitals Spend Small Fractions of Revenue on Charity Care

By Clifton Adcock Oklahoma Watch Despite a congressman’s recent assurance that many hospitals “do the work for free,” Oklahoma’s hospitals spend less than 3 percent of their net patient revenues on charity care on average, records show. During a town hall meeting last month, Second District Congressman Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., assured callers worried about the

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Sex Crimes Are Most Common Reason Oklahoma Police Lose Certification

By Shaun Hittle Oklahoma Watch More than a quarter of Oklahoma peace officers who were disciplined by the state’s certification agency or surrendered their certifications over three years were convicted of or pleaded guilty to sex crimes, according to records analyzed by Oklahoma Watch. From 2010 to 2012, 66 officers had their certifications revoked or

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Unlike Nation, Oklahoma Is Failing to Reduce Drunken-Driving Deaths

By Shaun Hittle Oklahoma Watch During most of the past two decades, the annual number of alcohol-related traffic deaths across the country has fallen by about 20 percent, to more than 11,500. More stringent drunken driving laws, widespread public education campaigns and safer vehicles have all played a role in that sharp reduction. In Oklahoma,

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Justice Reforms: A Tale of Two States

By Shaun Hittle Oklahoma Watch Several years ago, legislators in both Oklahoma and North Carolina began taking steps to address rising incarceration rates. The number of incarcerated offenders in Oklahoma had increased by a few thousand inmates in the past decade, giving the state one of the highest rates of imprisonment in the nation. The

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Study Identifies Jobs With Largest Number of Uninsured in Oklahoma

By Warren Vieth and Darren Jaworkski Oklahoma Watch When the government starts helping low-wage workers pay for health insurance next year, 6,704 Oklahoma cooks will be left empty-handed. So will 6,154 cashiers, 4,572 waiters, 4,207 housekeepers and 3,870 retail salespeople, an Oklahoma Watch data analysis shows.They are among 109,227 uninsured Oklahoma workers whose annual incomes

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