Deep in the bowels of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, the execution chamber is a stark and sterile place. The area is small. One room is curtained off for media and other witnesses; another for prison staff and the executioner, and the third room, complete with a hospital bed, is where the condemned go to die. Right now, the chamber is empty. It hasn’t been used much, since the state tried unsuccessfully to execute Richard Glossip, earlier this year. But for years, the chamber was busy. Since 1915, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections has killed a total of 191 men and three women. Most of thoseRead More →

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s move to stay all executions until the spring of 2016 drew praise from the executive director the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma Friday. The comment came after The Frontier, an on-line new site based in Tulsa, published a story Friday that stated Oklahoma wouldn’t be conducting any executions until 2016. The story, citing federal court records, said  “a court filing in the Western District of Oklahoma Federal Court states that in the interests of ‘judicial economy and comity,’ the attorney general will not seek an execution date for any of the condemned prisoners until their attorneys are provided with the results of an ongoing stateRead More →

OKLAHOMA CITY — Late Thursday afternoon, Gov. Mary Fallin’s office released a list of questions and answers regarding the stay of execution she issued for Richard Glossip. Gossip was set to be executed at 3 p.m. Sept. 30. However, problems with the drugs obtained by the Department of Corrections caused the governor’s office to stay the execution until November 6. Fallin’s office said she ordered the 37-day stay because the DOC received potassium acetate instead of the court-approved potassium chloride. Since then, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to put all future executions on hold. Pruitt also issued a media statement on Thursday.  PruittRead More →

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is proud to announce the revitalization of the ACLU of Oklahoma Anti-Death Penalty Project. This project has been dormant for the past decade and members of this affiliate are very excited to be back on the front lines fighting for an end to this unconstitutional practice. The purpose of the Project is to provide the people of Oklahoma with a resource dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty through continuing public education, lobbying efforts and litigation. The Project will assume a proactive posture in the struggle to abolish the death penalty in our state, and will accomplishRead More →