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Quinton Chandler

Reporter for StateImpact Oklahoma

Quinton joined the team at StateImpact Oklahoma in 2017, focusing on criminal justice reporting. He is an OSU grad with degrees in Economics and Marketing who got his start in radio at KOSU. After graduation, Quinton served as Morning Edition Host/General Assignment Reporter at KBBI Radio in Homer, Alaska and Education Reporter at KTOO Public Media in Juneau, Alaska. Quinton loves writing, reading and has an intense relationship with his Netflix account.

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Guards make their rounds on the eighth floor of the Oklahoma County Jail in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The state Health Department’s jail inspectors filed a report detailing numerous deficiencies in the Oklahoma County jail. The inspectors’ feedback paints a clear picture of an understaffed, malfunctioning jail that has recently seen an increase in deaths.

“Could we have helped?” That’s what Leslie Clingenpeel asked herself when she heard Phillip Ross of Sand Springs killed his girlfriend and their two children in late January. Afterward Ross died by suicide.

Gov. Kevin Stitt and legislators celebrating a budget deal in the waning days of the 2019 legislative session.
Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma has made some big changes to its justice system in recent years. Activists and lawmakers proposed big picture reforms and some of the suggestions succeeded.

Legislative Service Bureau Photography. / Legislative Service Bureau Photography.

In his speech marking the start of the year’s legislative session on Monday, Governor Kevin Stitt didn’t mention ongoing efforts to reduce the state’s prison population and overhaul the criminal justice system.

In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump rally at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

National Guard troops are joining state and federal law enforcement to protect the state Capitol in case violent protesters target the building this weekend. The precautions are a reaction to last week’s violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and threats of more violence leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

OKC Police Name Officers Who Killed Bennie Edwards

Dec 15, 2020
Protesters gathered in downtown Oklahoma City after Bennie Edwards was killed by local police.
Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Master Sgt. Keith Duroy and Sgt. Clifford Holman are the Oklahoma City police officers who shot and killed Bennie Edwards, Friday.


Protest Follows Police Killing Of Oklahoma City Man

Dec 14, 2020
Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson (left) supports Ameerah Gaines (right) at the Black Lives Matter protest, Friday night.
Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma City Police responding to a disturbance call killed a man Friday.


Prisoners attend a graduation ceremony at Dick Conner Correctional Center. Educational programs are one way prisoners earn credits to take time off their sentences.
Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Glen Blake told the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board this month that his clients seeking parole were just hit with hard news.

The Oklahoma County Budget Board meets on November 10, 2020.
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The budget board that reviews spending items for Oklahoma County’s board of commissioners wants the county to take back more than $25 million in federal coronavirus relief funds it originally transferred to its jail trust.

The Oklahoma County Jail.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The Oklahoma County Jail Trust voted Monday to send back more than half of the $40 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds allocated to its budget earlier this year. The move comes after months of protests against the relief funds being transferred to the jail.

Oklahoma State Reformatory is a minimum security prison that houses over a thousand male inmates.
Bill Broiles / Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections intends to stop reducing prisoners’ sentences in exchange for good behavior and their participation in programs designed to help them restart their lives after prison.

Guards make their rounds on the eighth floor of the Oklahoma County Jail in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The body entrusted with running the Oklahoma County Jail reconsidered a vote to remove an ICE agent from the jail on Monday. The vote occurred as the jail trust faces a lawsuit demanding cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Mental health emergencies are best handled by mental health professionals, says the Oklahoma City police captain charged with training officers for the calls they must make under state law.

The Oklahoma County Jail.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

The Oklahoma County Board of County Commissioners voted Monday to make the local jail support and house ICE. The decision is in direct contradiction with a county jail trust decision to remove an ICE agent from the jail.

George Crooks sits on the edge of his bed in Oklahoma City where he awoke to police who had come to take him to the hospital, again.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

It was almost 11 p.m. when two Oklahoma City police cruisers, red lights flashing, blocked Northwest 106th Street in both directions.

Attorney General William Barr speaks during a meeting with between President Donald Trump and Republican state attorneys general about social media companies, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington.
Evan Vucci / AP

U.S. Attorney General William Barr will meet with leaders of the Cherokee Nation and U.S. Attorneys in Tahlequah on Wednesday.

The Oklahoma County Jail Trust came close Monday to voting ICE out of the state’s largest county jail. The attempt failed because the trust didn’t have enough votes. It’s unclear when the trust might consider the issue again.

Another Oklahoma Prisoner Infected With COVID-19 Dies

Sep 10, 2020
The Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington.
Ben Fenwick / Oklahoma Watch

Another state prisoner diagnosed with COVID-19 has died. The man, incarcerated at Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington, was taken to a hospital where he died.

Eddie Warrior Correctional Center
doc.ok.gov

An Oklahoma prisoner who tested positive for COVID-19 died in a hospital on Saturday. The woman was admitted to the hospital with COVID symptoms.

A woman waves from a prison window at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in 2019.
Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

An Oklahoma prisoner who tested positive for COVID-19 died in a hospital on Saturday. The woman was admitted to the hospital with COVID symptoms.

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