Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Local News
8:38 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Headlines: Executions, Demolishing OKC Buildings & Prison Overcrowding

Headlines for Thursday, January 15th, 2015:

  • Oklahoma is moving forward with an execution tonight. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahoma City is looking at demolishing nine buildings near downtown. (Journal Record)

  • The Cherokee Nation plans to provide millions for a hospital in Tahlequah. (Tulsa World)

  • Governor Fallin creates a panel to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. (NewsOK)

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Local News
8:25 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Headlines: Violent Criminals Released, New OKC Tower & Armed Lawmakers

Headlines for Monday, December 15, 2014:

  • Policy changes at the Department of Corrections result in the early release of hundreds of violent criminals and sex offenders. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • The architects who built the Devon Tower want to build a new 27-story building in downtown. (NewsOK)

  • A bill under consideration this spring allows lawmakers to carry guns anywhere including college campuses and the State Capitol. (Tulsa World)

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Guilty And Charged
10:34 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

The Evolution Of Electronic Monitoring Devices

In this photo from the mid-1960s, Kirk Gable, a co-founder of the electronic monitoring belt, uses war surplus missile-tracking equipment to track young adult offenders who are wearing the first electronic monitoring devices.
Courtesy of Robert Gable

Nearly 50 years since it was first designed by social psychology students at Harvard, the electronic monitoring device has become a significant part of the criminal justice system. More popularly associated with law-breaking celebrities like Paris Hilton or Martha Stewart, the electronic ankle bracelet has been used to track hundreds of thousands of sex offenders, DUI offenders, people free on bail and others.

But its current use is not quite what its inventors had in mind.

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