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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

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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by Edmond Geary

Making Money on Oklahoma Prisoners

When talk turned to letting prison inmates out early with ankle monitors, who thought about losing money?  Apparently, the people who operate the private prisons who lose inmates from such a program. On the first day of this month, the Department of Corrections implemented a new statute, HB 2131, that released on GPS monitoring those…

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by Edmond Geary

Oklahoma Department of Corrections Solutions Discussed

Year after year, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections comes back to the legislature again and again for supplemental funding.  They can never get enough money.  It’s the same in every state. “Corrections spending is a Pac Man in state budgets everywhere.  It’s eating into all other priorities,” Michael Thompson, executive director of the Council of…

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by Edmond Geary

Oklahoma Women Prisoners not Getting Treatment

There were 2, 760 women in Oklahoma prisons in 2010.  Of that number, 1,744 or 63% were in need of substance abuse treatment, but programs are not available for them.  Education programs are even more scarce.   A substance abuse treatment program requires 4 to 12 months to complete.   Of the 885 women inmates released last…

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