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Tulsa jailers blocked nurse from giving dying inmate water: Ten hours after Williams entered holding cell No. 10, an inmate wheeled a gurney across the deserted booking area, past the doors Williams traveled through earlier that day. Minutes later, jail staff emerged from the cell pushing Williams on the gurney, paralyzed from a broken neck. Williams died from complications of a broken neck and showed signs of dehydration, a medical examiner’s report states. A 12-minute video recorded during his last days alive depicts him lying on the floor of a cell while detention staff tossed trays of food at his feet and placed a cup of water out of reach. One juror wiped tears from her eyes as the jury watched Williams attempt to dip his fingers into the cup of water. [The Frontier]
Seven things to know about SQ 780, 781: For more than a decade, Oklahoma has seen some of the highest rates of residents going to prison, many of whom are incarcerated for nonviolent crimes. Since 1991, Oklahoma has had the highest female incarceration rate per capita in the United States. Oklahoma also has the second highest imprisonment rate in the country, 78 percent higher than the national average in 2015. Additionally, Oklahoma incarcerates more black people per capita than any other state in the country. And more than half of the offenders in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections population have either a history of mental illness or current symptoms. [NewsOK]
Major Oklahoma school funding source in danger of being exhausted: Years ago, lawmakers set up a dedicated school funding source that was meant to operate outside of the politically motivated appropriations process. But as Oklahoma’s economy continues to flounder, the usually consistent source of school money has shown it’s at risk, too. The 1017 Fund automatically receives money directly from sales and income taxes. Other money comes from specialty license plate fees, some gaming revenue and tobacco sales. There’s also a cash reserve for when times get tough, but this year’s drop in overall state revenue will wipe that out, budget officials said last week. [NewsOK]
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