Clifton Adcock, The Frontier
July 9, 2019
According to the article, black Oklahomans are far more likely to be homicide victims than other residents but their survivors much less likely to receive funds from the state’s victim compensation fund. This discrepancy traces to a policy that denies compensation to those believed to have contributed to their own death.
More than 58 percent of the denials for black Oklahomans listed contributory conduct as the reason for denial, compared to a little more than a quarter of all denials for white homicide victims and 41 percent of denials for homicide victims of all races.