Despite years of concern over Oklahoma’s high rate of female incarceration, the number of women sent to prison jumped again in the latest fiscal year. One dramatic exception: Tulsa County, which sent 24 percent fewer women to state prisons. Oklahoma County sent 33 percent more.
Under current state law, the new executive director of the Office of Juvenile Affairs appears ineligible to hold the job, and the new interim Corrections Department director appears ineligible to become permanent director. A proposed law aims to address the issue.
After just over a month on the job, Interim Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh offers a frank assessment of the prison system. He tells Oklahoma Watch that changes are planned, including possibly leasing vacant private prisons.
The Oklahoma Board of Corrections on Thursday named an interim Corrections Department director who is a security and political consultant, former FEMA director and a recent board member for a marijuana testing firm.
Despite efforts to reduce incarceration, Oklahoma’s prison population is growing at a steady pace. The trend includes a surge of state inmates being held in county jails in recent months and the rate of women in prison reaching its highest recorded level.