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Oklahoma Sentencing and Punishment: Two Decades of Rising Imprisonment

December 01, 2011
Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of persons in prison over the last two decades. Since 1989, the total number of persons in prison in Oklahoma has more than doubled, increasing by 127% from 11,608 to 26,397 in 2009.

Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of persons in prison over the last two decades.

Since 1989, the total number of persons in prison in Oklahoma has more than doubled, increasing by 127% from 11,608 to 26,397 in 2009. This briefing paper highlights the growth in Oklahoma’s prison population from 1989 thru 2009.

Key highlights include:

  • Oklahoma has the third highest rate of incarceration in the nation.
  • Since 1989 the number of persons in prison has more than doubled.
  • Oklahoma incarcerates a higher proportion of persons for drug offenses than other states, 27% of the prison population, compared to 20% nationally.

To read the report, download the PDF below.

 
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