Oklahoma State Jails
Situated in the western south-central region of the United States, Oklahoma ranks 18th in size among the 50 states, bordered in the East by Missouri and Arkansas on the South and South West by Texas, on the extreme West by New Mexico and the North by Colorado and Kansas, the state has an estimated population of 3.7million people. Tulsa and Oklahoma City serve as Oklahoma's primary economic hubs, with nearly 60% of residents living in their metropolitan areas.
Throughout Oklahoma's 77 counties there are 95 jail facilities with a combined rated capacity of 9,952 inmates. A state jail standards and inspection program is administered by the Oklahoma Department of Health.
Population in Jail:
The Department Of Communities’ Community Corrections Division supervises 27,940 probationers and 3,073 parolees. The division has 66 field offices in 6 districts. The division also administers the Community Sentencing Act.
The crime rate in Oklahoma is about 8% higher than the national average rate. Property crimes account for around 86.7% of the crime rate in Oklahoma which is 7% higher than the national rate. The remaining 14.4% are violent crimes and are about 14% higher than other states. The following graph shows how Oklahoma compared to the rest of the states.
Oklahoma has a rate 32% higher than the national average of incarcerated adults per 100,000, whilst the average number of probationers per 100,000 people is 45% lower than the national average and their average number of parolees per 100,000 people is 64% lower than the national average.
In 2009 taxpayers paid 44% lower than the other states per inmate at a cost of $16,202, which is interesting considering Oklahoma has one of the largest prison populations, per capita, in the world — No. 4 for men and No. 1 for women.
In 2010 The Oklahoma Department of Corrections decided to adopt social networking to publish news and information to the general public. Using media technologies and web sites such as twitter people can access up to the minute information easily and efficiently.