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by Edmond Geary

When a Plea is not Voluntary

A plea of guilty must be entered freely and voluntarily, “without coercion or compulsion of any kind ” All criminal defense attorney in Oklahoma know these words by heart.  These words must be read by all who wish to enter a guilty plea to a felony. No wonder, then, that Thomas Cofer was allowed to…

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by Edmond Geary

Mental health help, always scarce, is getting scarcer here

Anyone who is around the criminal justice system encounters the mental health system.  All Oklahoma criminal defense attorneys need those services from time to time, especially in alcohol-related and drug-related offenses, but not limited to those charges.  Regardless of what they are charged with, clients can need mental competency evaluation, behavioral counseling or in-patient rehabilitation….

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by Edmond Geary

Conjugal Visits in Prison

Conjugal visitation with prisoners is rare in American prisons.  It is prohibited in all federal and most state prisons.  They began in Mississippi as a means of prisoner control, where, black prisoners at first, were allowed to visit with wives or prostitutes on Sundays. The policy solidified in the 1940s when permanent facilities were constructed…

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by Edmond Geary

Department of Corrections wants Answers from Private Prisons

When the big prison riot at North Fork Correctional Facility in Beckham County erupted in October, 2011, it required help from lots of law enforcement from surrounding communities.  The facility is owned by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), but the private prison does not have the wherewithal to put down a riot, especially one of…

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