July 30, 2013

Private Prison Growth

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Private Prison Growth
Chart shows how the number of Oklahoma inmates in private prisons has grown over the years.

Chart shows how the number of Oklahoma inmates in private prisons has grown over the years.

At the July Oklahoma Department of Corrections board meeting, officials announced the approval of moving 310 more Oklahoma inmates to the Cimarron Correctional Facility, a private prison in Cushing.

The move was just the latest in a recent shift of state inmates to three private prisons in Oklahoma. Since July 2008, the number of Oklahoma inmates in private prisons has grown by 32 percent, from 4,264 to 5,625 in July 2013.

The three private prisons are Cimarron and Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville, run by Corrections Corporation of America, and Lawton Correctional Facility, operated by the Geo Group. A fourth private prison, North Fork Correctional Facility in Sayre, houses California inmates and is also owned by Corrections Corporation of America. Two other private prisons, Great Plains Correctional Facility in Hinton and Diamondback Correctional Facility in Watonga, are closed.

With state prisons at 98 percent capacity, and with the Oklahoma prison population expected to grow in coming years, it’s possible the private prison population will continue to grow.

  • Concered Citizen

    This “shift” has occurred because Oklahoma Law. According to the statutes and state and county detainment facilities, after an offender has been convicted and signed for their time, a county is only supposed to house them for an additional 45 days OR each county can charge $1000 per offender per day to house them

  • Concered Citizen

    some counties began to invoke these rights which caused the state to require more intakes even though there were no “state” beds available. So, DOC had no choice but to fill private prison beds. Unfortunately this takes more money from the state because private prisons charge more per dem per offender than what in costs in state prisons.