Civil rights group sues over Oklahoma bail practices

The Associated Press - December 11, 2019 12:26 pm

A civil rights group has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against court officials in central Oklahoma, alleging a county’s bail system is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma filed the lawsuit late Tuesday in federal court in Oklahoma City. It was filed on behalf of six inmates being held in the Canadian County jail. The lawsuit alleges the county’s bail system routinely jails poor people because they can’t afford bail. It also alleges the system discriminates against people with disabilities. Presiding Canadian County Judge Paul Hesse didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.


Latest Stories

COVID-19 Update for Oklahoma – 4/5/20

Current Situation Oklahoma has 1,252 confirmed cases of the virus, resulting in 46 deaths statewide, with...

Oklahoma death toll reaches 42 as virus outbreak continues

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials say four more people have died in Oklahoma after...

COVID-19 Update for Oklahoma – 4/4/20

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19 As of this advisory, there are 1,159 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in...