Oklahoma prison system is crowded

Oklahoma has a record number of convicted criminals.

On April 25, during the monthly Board of Corrections meeting at the Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy, ODOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh informed board members that the agency had a record number of individuals in the system.

“Today we have 62,000 in our system,” said Allbaugh. “What bothers me is back in December we hit a record population of 61,000. It has taken just four months for an additional 1,000 people to be included in our numbers of incarcerated, supervised, and county jail backup.”

ODOC population numbers

  • 33,865 – Supervision (GPS monitored, community supervision, probation/parole)
  • 26,380 – Incarcerated (Prisons and halfway houses)

1,755 – County jail backup (People who have received judgment/sentencing and awaiting transport to ODOC)

State prisons are at 109 percent inmate capacity and Allbaugh said relief is needed immediately. “Programs are the way to get us out of this pickle long-term,” he said. “In the short-term the only thing we can do is hope and pray the legislature will step up and give us the necessary money to acquire, rent, beg, or borrow more additional beds to handle the influx.”

The Crime and Justice Institute and the Pew Charitable Trusts have projected that if there is no action taken to reduce Oklahoma’s prison population, that ODOC will see a population increase of 25 percent over the next 10 years.