OKLAHOMA CITY–The ACLU of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Oklahoma’s federally funded Protection and Advocacy system, filed today an action against public officials of the State of Oklahoma seeking to ensure Oklahomans with disabilities receive the critical services required by federal law. On October 31, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services notified the over 20,000 recipients of Advantage and In-Home Supports Waivers for Adults that their benefits would be terminated on December 1, 2017. Regardless of potential action from the Governor’s office today, the ACLU of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Disability Law Center will continue to push for a reliable, long term solutionRead More →

OKLAHOMA CITY–The City Council of Oklahoma City approved this morning an amendment to the City’s previously adopted anti-panhandling ordinance, restricting the ability of citizens to sit, stand, or stay on public medians. The amendment changes which medians are affected by the ordinance but continues to restrict access to large numbers of public medians in Oklahoma City. In response, the ACLU of Oklahoma released the following statement: The following statement is attributable to Brady Henderson, Legal Director: “Make no mistake about it, today’s amendment to the City Council’s unconstitutional and ill-advised anti-panhandling ordinance does nothing to make the city code constitutional. With or without today’s amendment,Read More →

TAHLEQUAH, OK– The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma filed suit today against the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program (D.A.R.P., Inc. or D.A.R.P.) for a number of egregious abuses, including human trafficking and labor violations. The suit, filed on behalf of past participants at the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program facilities in Tahlequah, Oklahoma and Decatur, Arkansas, alleges the organization has been running an unpaid labor camp disguised as a rehabilitation center for the last decade. “At the time, going to D.A.R.P. seemed like my only option,” said Shane Norrid, a former Drug Alcohol Recovery Program participant and plaintiff in the ACLU of Oklahoma’s suit.Read More →

Backward-thinking Oklahoma sheriffs, prosecutors and legislators are bringing in outside help in their bid to undermine criminal justice reform overwhelmingly supported by Oklahoma voters and a large, diverse, nonpartisan coalition of Oklahomans that continues to grow. Their ally in this fight against Oklahomans is none other than U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is scheduled to speak at an Oklahoma Sheriffs Association meeting Oct. 19 at Rose State College in Midwest City. To understand all that is wrong with criminal justice in America, look no further than Sessions. Few people present a better contrast of what works and what doesn’t in criminal justice. As aRead More →

The following comments were read by Oklahoma City Board Member, Charles Henry, at the September 5 meeting of the Oklahoma City School Board. We’re publishing Mr. Henry’s comments today in support of his position that the Oklahoma City schools named for Confederate generals should be changed without delay.    The School Board hears public comments at each of their regularly scheduled meetings, including the meeting tonight, September 25. Board members are also reachable individually as listed below: Paula Lewis, Oklahoma City Board of Education, Board Chair, plewis@okcps.org Charles Henry, Oklahoma City Board of Education, District 1, henryokcpsboard@gmail.com Rebecca Budd, Oklahoma City Board of Education, District 2,Read More →