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Featured Report
February 9th, 2016
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Oklahoma has the second highest incarceration rate in the country, up from fourth highest in 2012, with approximately 1,310 out of every 100,000 of our citizens incarcerated in 2014. The state appropriated $485 million to the Department of Corrections in FY 2016, but even that amount was not enough to cope with increasingly overcrowded and understaffed prisons. Meanwhile, the state’s prison population continues  Continue Reading »

Recent Articles & Reports
April 20th, 2016
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If you steal a smartphone in Oklahoma, you could be charged with a felony that stays on your record for your whole life, with all the consequences that come with it. That’s because Oklahoma’s felony theft threshold is set at $500; stealing something worth that amount or more is a felony rather than a misdemeanor. Our threshold is among the  Continue Reading »

March 29th, 2016
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The connection between mental health and Oklahoma’s sky-high incarceration rate isn’t lost on Oklahoma lawmakers. As Sen. A.J. Griffin recently said, “We spend less money on mental health services, and we have a very high frequency of mental health patients in our corrections systems. It’s backward. It’s much more expensive to incarcerate them than to treat them.” This year, at least  Continue Reading »

March 16th, 2016
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Ethan Rex is an OK Policy intern. He is a sociology senior at the University of Tulsa and a research assistant with Women in Recovery, an alternative to incarceration for eligible women convicted of non-violent, drug-related offenses If a problem related to mass incarceration can be found anywhere, it’s probably especially bad in Oklahoma. This state is second only to Louisiana in overall incarceration  Continue Reading »

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