“An officer from Crabtree said, ‘The inmates run this place now.’ He was on a floor with 350 offenders. ‘If they decide they want to take the place over, they can. It’s up to them. There’s too many of them and not enough of us.’ That’s what he thinks.”

– Sean Wallace, director of Oklahoma Corrections Professionals, discussing rumored coordinated riots in prisons statewide to protest poor conditions. Oklahoma has the worst offender-to-officer ratio in the country. (Source: bit.ly/1w8nKA3)


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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