State Department of Corrections

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9:40 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Oklahoma AG: Pardon And Parole Board Can Continue Considering More Crimes Violent

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The Pardon and Parole Board can continue its practice of treating some offenders’ crimes as violent even though the offenses are not included in two statutory lists of violent crimes, board members were informed Monday.

Tracy George, Pardon and Parole Board interim executive director, said a recent attorney general’s opinion reaffirmed the practice of treating some crimes as violent although they are not among the violent offenses listed in statute.

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Prisons
9:56 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Why North Carolina Is Putting Fewer People Behind Bars As Oklahoma's Prison Population Climbs

Oklahoma's inmate population continues to climb despite efforts to reduce the number of resdients behind bars.
Oklahoma Watch

Several years ago, legislators in both Oklahoma and North Carolina began taking steps to address rising incarceration rates.

The number of incarcerated offenders in Oklahoma had increased by a few thousand inmates in the past decade, giving the state one of the highest rates of imprisonment in the nation.

The prison population was growing at a similar pace in North Carolina, and officials were expecting an additional 10 percent increase by 2020.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:30 am
Mon July 29, 2013

State Penitentiary Fades As Oklahoma Shifts Inmates To Private Prisons

Entrance to the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. The warden, Anita Trammell, is the first woman to head the prison.
Credit Clifton Adcock / Oklahoma Watch

The Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, the oldest prison in the state, has seen its inmate population fall to less than half of what it was five years ago as officials move hundreds of the state’s most dangerous convicts to private prisons.

The decline has been so steep that some state lawmakers, corrections guards and others wonder if “Big Mac,” as it is called, will become home to only Death Row and the execution chamber, or if the prison will eventually be closed.

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Prisons
8:30 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Latest Report: Oklahoma’s Rate of Imprisonment Keeps Rising

The 10 states with the highest incarceration rates in 2012.
Credit Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma continues to imprison people at one of the highest rates in the nation, ranking fourth in a newly released report from the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Oklahoma, which has seen prison populations increase steadily over the past several decades, incarcerated 648 residents per 100,000 population in 2012, according to the study released Thursday by the bureau, part of the U.S. Department of Justice. That’s up 2.5 percent, an increase from 632 in 2011.

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Department of Corrections
12:50 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Corrections Department Dedicates Memorial

Credit Oklahoma Corrections Employee Memorial Foundation

A dedication ceremony is planned for this week for a new memorial honoring Oklahoma Department of Corrections employees who were killed in the line of duty. 

The new Oklahoma Correctional Memorial will be dedicated Friday on the grounds of the agency's administration building in Oklahoma City. The Tulsa World reports the memorial honors the 20 Oklahoma corrections employees who were killed on the job.

The first name on the monument is that of Oklahoma State Penitentiary Deputy Warden D.C. "Pat" Oates, who died Jan. 19, 1914, when a prisoner was attempting to escape.

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Tulsa City Government
12:55 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Tulsa Sherriff Seeks Transfer Of State Inmates

Undersheriff Tim Albin
Credit Tulsa County Sheriff's Office

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is asking a judge to order the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to pick up state inmates awaiting transfers from the county jail. 

The request for injunction was filed Tuesday. Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin says transferring the inmates will ease the jail's overcrowding problem.

As of Tuesday, the county jail held 1,792 inmates — above the facility's capacity of 1,714 inmates. Albin tells the Tulsa World that about 160 to 170 inmates are being held for the Department of Corrections.

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Breaking
6:07 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Jones To Step Down As Head Of State Prison System

Justin Jones
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections

The executive director of the Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections announced Monday he will resign Oct. 1, according to eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley. The announcement from Justin Jones comes after a legislative session where the department’s funding was not increased and its budget practices were called into question by key legislative and executive budget negotiators.

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State Capitol
6:45 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Okla. Legislators, Governor Reach Deal on Budget

Gov. Mary Fallin, House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) and other legislative leaders announce Thursday's budget agreement at the State Capitol.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

Lawmakers have until the end of this month to complete their work, including the passing of a state budget. The adjournment date might come sooner with the announcement of an agreement on how to spend the state’s money.

The budget to pay for Oklahoma’s government will be $7.1 billion for the fiscal year beginning July 1, under an agreement between Gov. Mary Fallin and legislative leaders. For most state agencies the amount of money they’ll receive in the new budget year is the same as last, but Fallin says the largest increase in the budget is for public schools in Oklahoma.

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