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Topic: prison

Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo


Rod Lott
Steer your way toward a choice documentary on an Oklahoma institution.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cell data

‘Women Behind Bars’ documentary probes state’s high incarceration rate of females.

Bar none, the Sooner state is first in the nation at putting women behind bars. According to the Oklahoma Department of Correction, we incarcerate 132 women per 100,000 population — almost double the national average.

More than 85 percent of those females are mothers, and the majority of female inmates are nonviolent offenders. But we even have one on death row: Brenda Andrew, convicted in 2004 for the 2001 murder of her husband, Rob Andrew.

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, you can get a peek into this judicial phenomenon with a free screening of the documentary “Women Behind Bars: The Voices of Oklahoma’s Incarcerated Women and Their Children.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. showing at the Thurman J. White Forum Auditorium, 1704 Asp in Norman; a panel discussion follows, hosted by the University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies.

Having premiered at this summer’s deadCENTER Film Festival, the doc is directed, produced and edited by OU alum Amina Benalioulhaj. —Rod Lott

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Parents behind bars

A state task force makes recommendations to improve the lives of children of the incarcerated.


Clifton Adcock
About 26,000 children in Oklahoma have at least one parent in prison. Factor in kids with a parent in a county or city jail or federal prison, and that number is even higher.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The ultimate gentrification


Gazette staff
The city of Oklahoma City is seeking proposals to return the 41,000-squarefoot old city jail to a sort of former glory.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Off the campaign trail


Gazette staff
You know your candidacy for political office has hit a snag when you end up in a jail cell unable to make bail. That’s the conundrum facing Fred E. Ray Smith, a Republican running against Sen.Susan Paddack (D-Ada) in state Senate District 13.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Maximum Conviction

And minimal competence.


Rod Lott
In Maximum Conviction, Steve Austin forever speaks like there’s a pinch of Skoal eating through the corner of his bottom lip, but I have no idea what’s going on with Steven Seagal’s accent attempt: Southern? Cajun? Ebonics? An overly phlegmy head cold? Your guess is as good as mine, and unfortunately, I’ve seen the movie.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Info on informants

A lawsuit connected to the Murrah building bombing suggests that FBI informants include a number of journalists nationwide.


Jerry Bohnen
If Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue is right, there are journalists around the country who also happen to be informants for the FBI.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012