Janet Roloff, managing attorney at the Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma’s McAlester office, represents a Fort Towson couple who couldn't afford a private attorney in a legal action to foreclosure on their mobile home.

For Thousands, Civil Courts Are Out of Reach

Every month, thousands of low-income people show up in Oklahoma courts on civil cases with no attorney representing them, if they even appear at all. They can’t afford legal fees, are unaware of legal aid, or don’t believe they will get a break anyway. A commission is trying to make civil courts more accessible.

The Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud is Oklahoma's largest prison for women and where all incoming female offenders are received and assessed. The facility has a total capacity of 1,291.

More Women Head to State Prisons

Despite years of concern over Oklahoma’s high rate of female incarceration, the number of women sent to prison jumped again in the latest fiscal year. One dramatic exception: Tulsa County, which sent 24 percent fewer women to state prisons. Oklahoma County sent 33 percent more.

The Oklahoma Judicial Center houses the state Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Administrative Office of the Courts.

The Never-Ending Battle over Selection of State’s Most Powerful Judges

The push by conservatives to overhaul how state Supreme and appeals courts justices are selected shows no sign of letting up. Proponents of change complain of activist judges. Supporters of the current merit system warn of changes that could corrupt an independent judiciary.