The senseless murder of Tecumseh Police Officer Justin Terney leaves us grieving and asking why. Why, in a state whose budget is dominated by corrections spending, is it possible that, despite multiple arrests for violent crimes, Terney’s accused killer never received the help he so desperately needed? Help may have prevented this horrific killing. Why, prior to the deadly encounter with Officer Terney, did suspect Byron James Shepard and his criminal record that spans at least 17 years and five counties never confront meaningful intervention and treatment? His record included numerous felony charges, such as assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, domestic abuse,Read More →

OKLAHOMA CITY – The ACLU of Oklahoma today sent questionnaires to the candidates for Oklahoma County Sheriff requesting policy positions on a range of subjects. The ACLU of Oklahoma does not endorse candidates for political office, however, as the preeminent defender of civil rights and civil liberties we are undertaking this effort to help educate our membership and voters in general about the critical issues facing our criminal justice system. With the Oklahoma County Sheriff special election set to be held on April 4th, it is important that the voters have a clear understanding of the candidate’s positions on these critical issues before the ballotsRead More →

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected former Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s rewrite of medical marijuana State Question 788. The following is attributable to Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director: “We applaud the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s decision today to strike down the former Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s rewrite of State Question 788. It is the duty of the Attorney General to write the ballot title in a clear and concise manner that accurately reflects the intentions of the petitioners. In this case, the former attorney general failed to do so, instead inserting his own personal politics into the process. In tilting that theRead More →

OKLAHOMA CITY –  The ACLU of Oklahoma announces the hiring of two staff members, increasing the size of the affiliate staff from 4 to 6. Danielle Williams will serve as the the ACLU of Oklahoma’s External Affairs Coordinator, a new position at the ACLU of Oklahoma that will support the ACLU’s fundraising and communications efforts. Williams first came to the ACLU in 2012 as an intern in her senior year at the University of Oklahoma. Upon graduating, she joined Planned Parenthood to advocate for quality women’s healthcare and sexuality education through outreach and fundraising. She spent time working in a number of 501(c)3 and 501(c)4Read More →