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Attorneys file new complaint on behalf of Oklahoma death row inmates hoping to stop resumption of lethal injection July 6, 2020 Attorneys for a number of inmates held on Oklahoma’s death row filed an updated complaint in federal court on Monday, the latest step in the saga of the return of the death penalty in the state. OKLAHOMA CITY – While many Oklahomans are already aware of the left lane law that takes effect on November 1st, there are many other laws that … Share Share to Facebook. Farmland on the Rise, Proudly powered by Newspack by Automattic. The board authorized its staff to schedule an accelerated single-stage docket when it receives a list of potentially eligible inmates from the Department of Corrections. She’s also connected with a community of former inmates and family members of prisoners who are fighting against poor conditions and staff misconduct inside state prisons. Now seven weeks removed from prison, Avery has settled into a transitional home and found work at a Northeast Oklahoma City hair salon. Weeks later, Avery and 112 other women housed at the prison tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-August. by Zachary Dodge. Defined Contribution Health Plans—A rule finalized in 2019 (84 Fed. “The National Sheriffs’ Association has proposed legislation for the past several years along with the National Association of Counties to at least alter that suspension for inmates that are pre-trial inmates. CITY AND COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY STANDARDS ... individual performing the duties must be trained in appropriate laws, codes, standards, policies and procedures. The corrections department has the ability to improve food quality, cleanliness and visitation options. OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Early prison release could soon be a possibility for inmates, including those convicted of murder and those serving life sentences. Oklahoma recently made some changes to their state laws concerning marijuana. Nearly 3,100 federal inmates will walk out of prison on Friday as a provision of the sweeping criminal justice reform act passed by Congress takes effect. Families Say Oklahoma Is Not Doing Enough, COVID-19 In State Prisons: 'It's Supposed to be a Work Camp, not a Death Camp'. Those forms were sent so that inmates at the jail can apply for stimulus checks from the federal government. Though understaffed prisons have faced operational challenges throughout the pandemic, Humphrey says he hasn’t heard of widespread problems in the state’s corrections system. Inmates are now eligible to receive CARES Act stimulus checks Law firm that filed the lawsuits says county jail inmates are included. Last month, Smith and Emily Barnes, co-founder of the group Ignite Justice, came up with an idea they felt could spark change: Organize a protest outside of the Department of Corrections headquarters. A recent federal court summary judgment on October 14th means that the IRS cannot deny paying Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) — from the CARES Act passed in March — to inmates just because they are incarcerated. Oct 15, 2020 Oct 15, 2020; FILE - In this Sept. 30, … State officials grew tired of waiting for CVS to vaccinate vulnerable residents of Oklahoma’s veterans centers. Avery, a former Mabel Bassett Correctional Center inmate, says the officer pulled her mask below the chin, approached a group of women and shouted “I don’t care if you get sick.”. "Direct supervision" means the Detention Officer is in direct contact . “Oklahoma criminal law is written very aggressively and strictly to prevent the Department of Corrections from releasing inmates before their sentences are over,” spokesman Justin Wolf told The Frontier in September. CITY AND COUNTY DETENTION FACILITY STANDARDS. OKLAHOMA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CHAPTER 670. On Nov. 1, simple drug possession charges and low-level property crimes in the state will be reduced to misdemeanor charges. width: 100% !important; ... “There is currently no data to suggest that $50 and a bus pass is the best way to release an inmate,” Brandes said during the December meeting. Updated: November 6, 2020 3:46 PM. Since March, the board has granted medical parole to just 12 inmates. Other actions, like a mass release of inmates to relieve overcrowding and allow for better social distancing, would have to come through the legislature or governor’s office. ... More than 900 inmates applied for an early release as part of the new law. With the start of the 2021 legislative session just seven weeks away, Humphrey said he’s again willing to engage with inmate family members and consider legislation that would help reduce the state’s prison population. FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2015, file photo, Don Knight, attorney for death row inmate Richard Glossip, waits to enter the grounds of the State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla, for the scheduled execution of Glossip. Inmate family members who spoke with Oklahoma Watch say guards can retaliate against prisoners by pursuing arbitrary disciplinary action. Sandy Horton with the Kansas Sheriff’s Association says he hadn’t heard about the ruling when we first contacted him while working on this story. “The way I read the order, until the sheriff receives the packet from the IRS, I don’t see there are any legal requirements on the sheriff. None of them have received any paperwork from the IRS, as of the date of this story. Kevin Stitt for consideration. Doctorman said the greatest challenge to improving Oklahoma’s prison conditions is getting enough people to pay attention and care about what’s going on. This work is essential to a better-informed community and a healthy democracy. ... Officers . The new law is also designed to help inmates transition back into society and the largest group of released inmates are drug offenders. “If there is an issue, I can’t promise that I can do anything, but I can promise I’ll look into it,” he said. OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for an Oklahoma death row inmate testified Wednesday that he has found new potential witnesses who … Attorney for Oklahoma death row inmate claims new evidence. With in-person visitation indefinitely suspended due to the pandemic, they want the corrections department to authorize video calls at all facilities. Inmates ate small portions of beans and bologna for most meals during the lockdown. “They’ll be less likely to bother or harass a person inside because they know that person has some people outside who can investigate,” Washington said. She said the department aggressively seeks disciplinary action against staff who don’t follow the agency’s mask protocol. The original bill Bill HB 26126 was primarily passed in March 2019. We have not been successful in changing that. Law officers are looking for an Oklahoma County jail inmate who escaped through a jail window. Nothing has happened to him over the past three years, but Barnes says she’s prepared to fight any disciplinary action tied back to her advocacy work. In closed Facebook groups, some exceeding 1,000 members, family members of inmates discuss commissary access to gang tensions and staff failing to follow COVID-19 protocols. OKLAHOMA CITY — A “flood of inmates” are using a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling to try to get released for crimes committed on Oklahoma’s Indian reservation lands, the state’s ‘It Was Hell’: Inside an Oklahoma Prison Coronavirus Outbreak, Inmates, Corrections Staff Express Reluctance to Take the COVID-19 Vaccine. (Correction: Stephanie Avery lived in dormitory-style housing in August, not a cell. Jan. 2020: An abrupt change in the Senate's leadership; could boost viability of criminal justice reform State Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane, chairs the House Public Safety Committee tasked with overseeing the corrections department. So along with the change, the IRS required the recipients to repay them. Share to Twitter. 74 O.S., Section 192. Prior to seeking public office, Humphrey worked for the corrections departments in various roles for 20 years. May 2020: New laws restrict drivers' license suspensions and the use of jailhouse informants but the governor vetoed a bill to expunge marijuana convictions. A quarter of Oklahoma’s legislature signed a letter asking Congress to challenge the results of the presidential election. They want higher quality food in larger portions, every guard to follow COVID-19 protocols and  deep cleaning of facilities where black mold is rampant. field59.ipo = { ... October 30, 2020 7:39 PM. } } Zachary Dodge. Before speaking with the media, Barnes said she always informs her son, an inmate at the Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville, so he can prepare for possible retaliation. So with the November 4th deadline quickly approaching, Horton says the Sheriffs’ Association will be sending as much paperwork as they can to sheriffs across Kansas. From car seats to natural hair, here are some of the changes going into effect in the new year. Friday’s rally was a step towards that goal, Doctorman said. Bed sheets could be seen hanging outside a 12th story window of the jail Friday morning. Oklahoma seeing a sharp decline in the number of prisoners being granted a reduced sentence. Mary Fallin after serving three years of her 20-year sentence. The changes take effect for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2020. Jessica Brown, chief of strategic engagement for the corrections department, said there is no grievance record of Mabel Bassett guard approaching a group of women without a mask. According to the media contact for Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, the ruling includes people incarcerated in local county jails like Cherokee County. OKLAHOMA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CHAPTER 670. The rule also classifies certain other HRAs as “excepted benefits” exempt from many health plan requirements. We reached out to sheriffs in Allen, Crawford, and Bourbon counties in Kansas, as well as the sheriffs for Barton, Jasper, and Newton counties in Missouri. Inmates can also apply online using the IRS non-filers tool until November 21st. House Bill 1269 becomes law and it retroactively changes some felony crimes to misdemeanors. “I do believe that there can be change,” she said. “The inmates received an instruction form, and then a blank 10-40 form,” says Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves. Avery, the former Mabel Bassett inmate, said the implementation of body cameras would immediately change how some officers behave. Corrections department data shows the state’s 28 private and public prisons are at 85% occupancy. An outbreak of 216 active cases is ongoing at the James Crabtree Correctional Center in Helena. GENERAL PROVISIONS . “And I can promise I have a great line to the Department of Corrections.”. After dropping considerably from March through July, Oklahoma’s prison population has trended up since August as the corrections department has accepted more county jail transfers. Best Music Of 2020 Music News New Music ... one that former inmates are prohibited by state law to pursue. Follow him on Twitter at @_KeatonRoss. and inmates in inmate living areas. The duo settled on a Dec. 11 date and began advertising the rally on Facebook. Hundreds of Oklahoma inmates are expected to be released Monday. The deadline for inmates to send a paper application to the IRS is November 4th. The board authorized its staff to schedule an accelerated single-stage docket when it receives a list of potentially eligible inmates from the Department of Corrections. Such punishment may result in lost privileges, delayed release dates or solitary confinement. Smith, a retired Moore resident whose uncle and nephew are incarcerated, founded the advocacy group Oklahoma Prisons Accountability Committee earlier this year. If you said something bad your retaliation wouldn’t be good.”. The 214 deaths reported for the first week of 2021 surpassed Oklahoma’s total from each of the first five months of the pandemic. Attorney for Oklahoma death row inmate claims new evidence ... Associated Press 10/14/2020. Before that change was made, the IRS had already sent out around 100 million dollars in checks to inmates across the country. Oklahoma Governor Releases 21 Prisoners Shut Out Of Drug Sentencing Reform But more than 1,100 others are still serving sentences that voters decided were too harsh. “The inmates received an instruction form, and then a blank 10-40 form,” says Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves. Earlier this week, the five-member state Pardon and Parole Board granted parole to 63 out of 74 inmates considered for administrative parole, with six stricken because of ineligibility or misconduct, and five having been discharged. The rules in this Chapter provide procedures for inspecting all city and county detention facilities, city or county lockup facilities, and city or county detention facilities holding juveniles, as authorized by . Brown disputes the claim that food quality and portions have declined during the pandemic, saying all meals are approved by a dietician and inmates receive a minimum of 3,000 calories per day. "global" : { -Doug, Germany: Merkel's party elects pragmatic Laschet as leader, Some in the GOP parrot far-right talk of a coming civil war, AP Explains: Road to Palestinian vote full of obstacles, Restaurants, bars scramble for propane amid pandemic winter, SEAL pleads guilty to role in hazing death of Green Beret. The inmates’ crimes were predominantly nonviolent drug offenses, but under mandatory minimum sentencing laws enacted during the crack and cocaine epidemic of the 1980s and ’90s they were sentenced to many years behind bars, according to federal law enforcement officials. More than 200 new laws to go into effect in Oklahoma: More than 200 new laws are set to go into effect in Oklahoma this year, including criminal justice reforms and measures to bring in more tax revenue. In addition to reducing cases and deaths, a successful vaccination process could allow the return of family visitation and in-person classes. In all good faith, we should probably be proactive with that and go ahead and do what we can to distribute the forms,” says Horton. JAN 11, 2021 - The Pardon and Parole Board voted Wednesday to recommend commutation for another 149 nonviolent drug offenders who were eligible for a single-stage docket made possible by a recent law change, board Executive Director Steven Bickley said. But other local jails that we spoke to haven’t heard from the IRS at all. Those forms were sent so that inmates at the jail can apply for stimulus checks from the federal government. Advocates say the main obstacle to getting those numbers is convincing family members of inmates that it’s safe to speak out and protest. Associated Press. When group members started sharing reports of poor conditions at the Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft in early September, dozens decided to rally outside of the prison. The cases now go to Gov. State pardon and parole officials say the new law could make hundreds of inmates eligible for an accelerated commutation process when it takes effect Nov. 1, The Oklahoman reported. I think the only difference here is the judge ruled inmates and their families.”. A federal judge this week ordered the Internal Revenue Service to stop withholding $1,200 coronavirus stimulus checks from people in state or federal … The ODOC tweeted the assaults took place at North Fork Correctional Center, Jess Dunn Correctional Center and Oklahoma State Penitentiary. “When they see you’re not scared of them and you’re not going to back down, they’re not going to do anything,” Barnes said. In one Oklahoma prison, 82% of inmates tested positive for COVID-19. Oklahoma Focuses on Criminal Justice Reform. Washington, who was interrupted at times by honking cars, urged protesters to start putting pressure on state lawmakers and the corrections department to release more inmates and improve conditions. “I want to put up policies before our legislators,” he said. State pardon and parole officials say the new law could make hundreds of inmates eligible for an accelerated commutation process when it takes effect Nov. 1, The Oklahoman reported. The Justice Department has set new dates to begin executing federal death-row inmates following a monthslong legal battle over the plan to resume the executions for the first time since 2003. DEC 31, 2020 - An attorney for an Oklahoma death row inmate testified Wednesday that he has found new potential witnesses who might be able to help his client's case but who would be prevented from testifying by a state law because his client's appeals have been exhausted. When protesters gathered outside of Eddie Warrior in early September, he said he met with inmate family members and ensured that the women were receiving adequate food, water and medical care. Administrative parole, which went into effect Nov. 1, is designed to streamline the parole process for nonviolent offenders who have served at least one-fourth of their current sentence and follow other eligibility standards. “So there is potential for somebody to be incarcerated today that may have been incarcerated when those initial stimulus checks went out.”. “So what’s stopping us?”. CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – A few days ago, a box from the IRS showed up at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office in … Inmates … “They need to stop feeding our people slop,” said protester Rhyssa Riley, whose son is incarcerated at the Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy. More than 300 laws go into effect in Oklahoma Friday. Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein has much more information on their website about the lawsuit, which can be found here: https://www.lieffcabraser.com/cares-act-relief/, .fb_iframe_widget_fluid_desktop iframe { Three months later, one in four Oklahoma prisoners has tested positive for COVID-19 and 36 inmates have died. “I’m surprised that there’s a potential that they’re (inmates) even eligible because a federal law prohibits any inmates in the county jail anywhere in the country to receive federal benefits,” says Sandy Horton, Executive Director of the Kansas Sheriff’s Association. While 10,500 police departments nationwide require their officers to wear body cameras, the technology has not caught on in most of the nation’s jails and prisons. State pardon and parole officials say the new law could make hundreds of inmates eligible for an accelerated commutation process when it takes effect Nov. 1, The Oklahoman reported. “Unless things are seen from that point of view, nothing’s going to change,” she said. Foreign Investment in U.S. But it isn’t possible without your support. For some background, shortly after the CARES Act was passed the IRS updated their eligibility requirements to exclude deceased people and people who are incarcerated. “They said this is our fault and we deserve this.”. House Bill 1269, which took effect Nov. 1, directed the Pardon and Parole … "dfpConfig": { The best defense to staff retaliation, Washington says, is increased accountability. “Anything extra like body cameras is probably not going to be a conversation we’re having this year,” he said. Michael Washington holds a sign with the number of an inmate who was infected with COVID-19. Nearly three months later, the board has not authorized a special commutation or release of these inmates. But it would cost the state hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide every corrections officer with the devices. If their family isn’t sending in money, then they’re just stuck.”. OKLAHOMA (NewsNation Now) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections locked down all facilities Friday after more than 20 inmates were assaulted at three male prisons.Several of the inmates were transported to hospitals for treatment. A slew of criminal justice reform bills will be up this 2020 legislative session. Then, in April, the California law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein filed a class-action lawsuit in Federal Court against the IRS, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the United States Government. But, there are instances with county jails where an inmate may have been incarcerated maybe a couple of years waiting for trial,” says Groves. Though groups like OK Cure, a nonprofit organization that advocates for criminal justice reform, used to organize protests outside of state prisons, Smith said the grassroots movement of inmate family members fighting for better prison conditions is something unprecedented and capable of causing change. “Primarily it will impact state prisons more than county jails. “It used to work that way. Kalyn Doctorman, a 22-year-old from Mustang whose uncle is incarcerated, held an “inmates can’t distance” sign above her head. An upset prison guard walked into Stephanie Avery’s housing unit. Funds in the new “individual coverage HRA” (ICHRA) c… Kevin Stitt is commuting prison sentences for more than 450 inmates to decrease prison overcrowding and reduce the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak in prisons. Kira Lerner Dec 19, 2018. “You can’t tell me that if each inmate doesn’t have five family members at the protest, we don’t have the numbers,” he said. Innocent until proven guilty in jail, yet you lose all your benefits. Dressed in orange and black, protesters at Friday’s rally moved from the Department of Corrections parking lot to a grassy area along Martin Luther King Avenue. Kevin Stitt said the Pardon and Parole Board would consider releasing inmates convicted of nonviolent offenses with less than six months remaining on their sentence. Medical parole eligibility is limited to inmates with serious medical conditions or those “dying or near death”. “They’re supposed to get 2,000 calories per day, and they’re getting like 700. Corrections officials in other states have raised concerns that the cameras could invade the privacy of inmates. The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board said that of the inmates that had their sentences commuted, 75 percent are men and 25 percent are women. Mary Fallin will take effect Tuesday. 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