Prison population hits record high in Oklahoma
The Associated Press and The Oklahoman - April 28, 2017 10:51 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma has hit a record high with more than 62,000 offenders in the state’s department of corrections system.
Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh says the prison system is operating at 109 percent of capacity.
The Oklahoman reports that nearly 34,000 offenders are on parole, probation, in a community supervision program or on GPS monitoring. More than 26,000 offenders are incarcerated in a state, private prison or halfway house. And another 1,700 offenders are in county jails awaiting transfer to a state facility.
In January, Allbaugh requested $1.6 billion in appropriations from the Oklahoma Legislature, saying nearly $849 million would go toward building two medium security prisons. But the Legislature approved only $484.9 million for the 2017 fiscal year.
The department’s total budget for 2017 with federal funding and revenue from revolving funds and other sources is $612 million.