End of Hope: One Offender’s Path to the Penitentiary

David Hammock was one of nine men who took their own lives in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary between 2012 and 2015. Convicted of arson at age 18 for burning down the old Sallisaw High School, he failed at chances to gain early release, and then, in the end, lost hope.

Bleak House: Suicides in the Penitentiary

Between 2012 and 2015, nine inmates in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary took their own lives, giving Oklahoma’s only state-owned maximum security prison the highest suicide rate among corrections facilities. Is solitary confinement to blame?

Lack of Money Stalls Collection of Arrestees’ DNA

A state law is now in effect requiring DNA to be collected from all people arrested for felonies. But state officials say they lack the funding to implement the program.

Hofmeister Charged with Campaign Violations, Felony Conspiracy

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister was charged Thursday with felony conspiracy and campaign violations in Oklahoma County District Court stemming from activities during the 2014 superintendent race.