Information Sought on How Cameras are Used by Police Agencies and How Data is Stored July 30, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director; (405) 524-8511; rkiesel@acluok.org OKLAHOMA CITY – The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma sent requests today to the police departments and sheriffs departments of Oklahoma’s four largest cities—Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman and Lawton—and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety that demand information on how they use automatic license plate readers (ALPR) to track and record Oklahomans’ movements. ACLU affiliates in 37 other states sent the same request to law enforcement agencies in their states. In addition, the ACLU andRead More →

  ACLU of Oklahoma Reacts to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision Striking Down Three Provisions of Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Law and Leaving Door Open for Future Challenges to “Show Me Your Papers” Requirement June 25, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director, ACLU of OK, 405.524.8511, rkiesel@acluok.org The United States Supreme Court ruled today that three of the four provisions of Arizona’s controversial and draconian immigration law were preempted by Federal Immigration Policy. A fourth provision, commonly referred to as the “Show Me Your Papers” provision survived, but with serious questions about how it would ultimately be implemented. “Show Me Your Papers laws encourageRead More →

$16 Billion Spent Annually Locking Up Prisoners 50 Years of Age and Older Who Pose Little Safety Risk FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 14, 2012 CONTACT: Will Matthews, (212) 549-2582 or 2666, media@aclu.org; Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director, ACLU of Oklahoma, (405) 524-8511, rkiesel@acluok.org NEW YORK/OKLAHOMA CITY – States would save on average more than $66,000 per year by releasing each elderly prisoner they needlessly keep behind bars, a new report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union finds. Despite evidence showing that elderly people are far less likely to commit crime than the rest of the population, more than $16 billion of taxpayer money isRead More →

In response to the final passage of House Bill 3052 by the Oklahoma House of Representatives, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma released the following statement: May 2, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director, ACLU of OK, 405.524.8511, rkiesel@acluok.org “When HB 3052 was introduced earlier this session in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, it was far from perfect. However, as it moved through the political process even the modest reforms it offered to our broken criminal justice system and overincarceration crisis were turned on their head by the same political mindset that has stood in the way of true criminal justiceRead More →

ACLU and Women’s Health Advocates Had Filed Lawsuit to Protect Vital Health Services in Oklahoma   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2012 CONTACT: Robyn Shepherd, ACLU National, (212) 519-7829 or 549-2666; media@aclu.org Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma, (405) 524-8511; rkiesel@acluok.org OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously struck down a proposed ballot initiative that would have banned vital health services by granting fertilized eggs and embryos the same constitutional rights as people. The justices ruled that the initiative was unconstitutional in light of the previous U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld the right to have an abortion. The AmericanRead More →

  In response to the passage of House Bill 3052 by the Oklahoma State Senate, the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma released the following statement: April 26, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director, ACLU of OK, 405.524.8511, rkiesel@acluok.org “Before HB 3052 arrived in the Oklahoma State Senate it offered modest reforms to our broken criminal justice system and overincarceration crisis and represented a promising first step towards meaningful reforms in the future. However, after a Senate committee stripped the bill of important provisions that would protect the people of Oklahoma and their tax dollars, the bill is reform in name only.Read More →

  The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma released the following statement in response to the Oklahoma State Senate’s passage of House Bill 2388, authorizing drug test for applicants of TANF upon a finding of reasonable cause.  The original version of the bill would have required ALL TANF applicants to submit to a drug test and would have required the applicant to pay for the drug test.   April 26, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Ryan Kiesel, Executive Director, ACLU of OK, 405.524.8511, rkiesel@acluok.org   “We are pleased the Oklahoma Senate has learned the lessons of other states who sought to impose suspicionless drug tests onRead More →