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.

A Mobile-Video Answer to a Mental Health Crisis

Law enforcement agencies are bearing much of the brunt of dealing with mentally ill people in crisis. But a unique new program is trying to take some of that burden away from police and prevent the mentally ill from unnecessarily ending up in jail.

When Police Confront the Mentally Ill

When the mentally ill are in crisis, the first and only responders are usually police officers. That can heighten the risk of a violent confrontation, which is what occurred in the case of Eric Tompkins of Ardmore last year. Some communities are trying a different approach to allow mental-health experts to intercede, in collaboration with police.

Jail Video: The Death of Corey Carter

Watch the McCurtain County Jail video in which Corey Carter is booked into the jail, refuses to don jail clothes and is eventually led into a room where a struggle leads to his death.

The Man with the Kitchen Knife

Gary Clark, schizophrenic for years, stood on his front porch one day, holding a kitchen knife and experiencing a mental-health crisis. Officers would end up shooting him with pepper balls, shocking him with a Taser and firing three bullets into him.