Oklahoma

Editorial calls for solutions to Oklahoma's right to counsel system

BY Jon Mosher on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 12:00 AM

The editors at The Oklahoman, lamenting the state's indigent defense system "gasping under the weight of too many cases, too few attorneys and too little funding," have called for solutions "that are smart, not just tough, on crime."

Gideon Alert: Oklahoma indigent defense system in crisis

BY David Carroll on Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 7:06 AM

The Oklahoma Indigent Defense System (OIDS) was created in the early 1990’s to represent all indigent adults and juveniles in 75 counties.  Staff public defenders handle all serious felony cases, death cases, direct appeals and post-conviction, while contract attorneys handle other felonies, misdemeanors and delinquency cases.  The two major urban counties (Tulsa