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The pandemic left courts with case backlogs. Here’s how some communities are coping.
(NATIONAL) In June last year, Florida’s court system had a backlog of 600,000 cases. Court shutdowns due to covid had left courts across the country with high numbers of pending cases,...
Evictions are rising in Oklahoma, where renters can lose their homes for filing health or safety complaints
Written By: Mollie Bryant (OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) On Thursday, Oklahoma County will experience its biggest eviction docket in living memory, with more than 300 cases on the court...
HUD funding delays erode this program serving older, low-income adults
Written By: Mollie Bryant (NATIONAL) San Diego company MJ Housing & Services has waited months for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to deliver grant funding for a...
How Oklahoma’s domestic violence laws fail survivors
Written By: Mollie Bryant (OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) Brenda Golden and Mary Fish could be cut from the same cloth. Both women are Muscogee (Creek) citizens who grew up in crowded, rural...
‘Between a rock and a hard spot’ as covid rent assistance winds down
Written By: Mollie Bryant (OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) After her brother’s funeral a year ago, Johnesha Whiteside and both of her parents got covid. Whiteside was unable to work, and the...
How funding mental health services could reduce incarceration in Oklahoma
Written By: Mollie Bryant (TULSA, Okla.) Regina Striplin hadn’t spoken with her son, Hunter Hines, for about a year when she got a call from her ex-husband. Hines was missing. So was his...
Improved access to mental health care in Oklahoma could help reduce female incarceration, advocates say
Written By: Mollie Bryant Pictured: April Wilkens/Inmate at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center (TULSA, Okla.) April Wilkens, 52, has served more than 20 years in prison on a life...
Homelessness is rising nationally. So are laws targeting the unsheltered.
(NATIONAL) Oklahoma has the third highest incarceration rate in the country, and having a criminal record is one of the biggest barriers to housing in the state. Read this story on Big...
Caregivers are burned out and underpaid. A new housing model aims to make their work more visible.
(NATIONAL) On a typical morning, June Barrett walks more than an hour to the bus that takes them to the house where they work as a caregiver in the Miami-Dade area in Florida.  Read this...
After arrest, low-income defendants may spend weeks or months in jail before they can request a lower bond
(NATIONAL) After being arrested, defendants accused of crimes can spend days, weeks or longer without seeing a judge or an attorney, delaying their ability to seek lower bonds or release...