Holtzclaw's conviction, mugshot, and incarceration location have been removed from the DOC's site for safety; though authorities assured reporters he's still in custody.
Holtzclaw, was sentenced to 263 years in prison last month, when he was found guilty on 18 of 36 charges, including rape and sexual assaults. While his conviction and sentencing were justice for his victims and other survivors of sexual violence, attorneys representing the women in a civil suit told NewsOne that the landmark for Daniel Holtzclaw should have been “400 years of racial and sexual violence against Black women.”
When Fox 25 reported that Holtzclaw’s location has been removed from the DOC’s site for safety, The DOC tells Fox 25 their primary responsibility is the safety and security of offenders and then the public’s safety. Communications Director Terri Watkins said this is not an uncommon practice.
Hotlzclaw’s information was removed from the Victim’s Notification system, known as V.I.N.E., which is run by the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office. The AG’s office told Fox 25 the information provided to victims of crime comes from the Department of Corrections. The DOC said Holtzclaw’s victims will be notified if he is released. However, Holtzclaw’s sentence would not allow for such a release.
“Holtzclaw is still in custody, but we can’t help but wonder why the DOC is going to such lengths to protect a man convicted of targeting poor Black women he believed lacked the credibility to incriminate him,” Watkin said.
Meanwhile, the lawyers of the victims are putting up to pursue federal civil rights lawsuits so the women assaulted by the former police officer are justly compensated for the terror he perpetrated on them.