Kate Carlton Greer

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Kate Carlton Greer is a general assignment reporter for KGOU and Oklahoma Public Media Exchange. She previously covered Oklahoma's efforts in tornado response and recovery as part of "Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project."

She grew up in Flower Mound, Texas, and studied broadcasting and electronic media at the University of Oklahoma. 

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A multicounty grand jury released findings regarding Oklahoma’s execution procedures Thursday.

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Governor Mary Fallin signed into law a number of criminal justice reform bills Wednesday. The legislation is part of recommendations from a steering committee that met in the fall.

The governor signed:

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A multicounty grand jury indicted Wagoner County Sheriff Robert Steven Colbert and Deputy Jeffrey T. Gragg on three felony charges Thursday. The panel also asked for the immediate suspension of Colbert.

Members of the 15th Multicounty Grand Jury allege Colbert and Gragg conspired to receive a bribe or extort by using threats, receiving a bribe or extortion using threats and extortion induced by threats.

Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform launched a petition drive Thursday aimed at reducing the prison population and redirecting savings to create treatment and rehabilitation programs. 

Former House Speaker and current chair of the coalition Kris Steele stood with political, faith and business leaders and argued the importance of helping convicted felons.

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders made an appearance Sunday in downtown Oklahoma City. The Vermont Senator cheered a “political revolution” during his most recent visit to the Sooner State, which drew thousands of young voters.

Sanders’ appearance in Oklahoma was the second within a week as he tried to gain voters ahead of Super Tuesday.

During his speech at the Cox Convention Center, Sanders highlighted differences between himself and his opponent Hillary Clinton. He boasted the average contribution for his campaign is $27.

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Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio visited downtown Oklahoma City Friday in advance of the state’s primary election on Tuesday.

During a standing-room only event at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center, Florida’s junior Republican U.S. Senator launched attacks at Donald Trump, calling him a “con artist” and urging supporters to encourage their Trump-supporting friends to pick another candidate. At one point during the rally, Rubio took out a cell phone and read a series of misspelled tweets from the New York businessman.

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Wednesday outlined a new approach to reform Oklahoma County’s overcrowded jail and increase public safety. Members of the Criminal Justice Task Force hope to implement an action plan starting as early as next year.

The task force is designed to evaluate the criminal justice system in Oklahoma County with help from the VERA Institute of Justice, an independent think tank based in New York.

In Oklahoma, some people in charge of enforcing the law seem to be skirting it. State audits have found people in district attorney offices have used seized money and property to live rent-free and pay off student loans.

When state Sen. Kyle Loveless first heard about the audits, he'd already been thinking about amending the civil asset forfeiture laws — mainly because the state doesn't always follow the law.

Oklahoma ranks in the bottom quarter of states in childhood wellbeing according to an annual survey out Tuesday morning from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The state's placement remained steady from last year.

The Kids Count Data Book shows 24 percent of Oklahoma children live in poverty, and the new survey ranks the state 39th in the nation when it comes to the overall wellbeing of children.

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President Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison Thursday when he toured the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution outside Oklahoma City. During his trip, Obama urged reconsideration of the current criminal justice system.

President Obama walked down Cell Block B, taking in the two-story medium security prison, with a corrections officer and Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels. He peeked inside a tiny 90 square foot cell that holds up to three inmates, which he said highlights the need for prison reform.

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