“Out of our 17 state correctional institutions, 15 work centers and six community corrections centers, only a small number of them were built as correctional facilities. The others are retrofitted boys’ homes, mental health facilities, motels or some other facility. Those that were built as correctional facilities weren’t meant to hold the volume that we’re housing. This places a strain on infrastructure and is posing a major concern.”

– Marilyn Davidson, a legislative liaison for the Department of Corrections. The state’s prisons house over 28,000 inmates and are currently operating at 112 percent capacity (Source)


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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