More Women Head to State Prisons

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.

A Sobering Evaluation from Prisons Chief

Interim Oklahoma Corrections Department chief Joe Allbaugh faces seemingly intractable problems in the prison system. He has ideas for changes and says he is decisive.

Growth in Prison Population Persists

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.