MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Oklahoma News

December 2, 2012

Oklahoma prisons out of space for female offenders

— VINITA — The director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections says the prison system is out of space for female offenders, in part because of a rule that requires convicts serve at least 85 percent of sentences for violent crimes, crimes against children and vulnerable adults and some drug trafficking offenses.

"We have fewer females discharging so far this year and we have more coming in," DOC Director Justin Jones told the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/TzU0c8 ) Friday following a Board of Corrections meeting in Vinita.

Jones said the department took in 1,198 female inmates last year and released 1,162. It's projected to receive 1,242 women this year and expects to release 1,131.

"The key is we are already full," Jones said. "We had been experiencing a downward trend and all of a sudden we are heading back up. That is the key."

Overall, the system saw a net growth of 763 offenders from October 2011 to October 2012, 108 females and 655 males, according to the monthly population update given to the Board of Corrections. Another 1,681 convicts are in county jails awaiting transfer to the Department of Corrections when beds become available, according to the report.

The DOC is currently asking for a nearly $6.4 million supplemental appropriation to get through the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

The supplemental is needed partly to fund increased reliance on private prison beds and legislatively mandated pay increases to private prisons and halfway houses.

 

1
Text Only
Oklahoma News
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Poll

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks