The State of Oklahoma: State will soon be top in nation for incarceration

While Oklahoma has always prized individual liberty, it has proven very adept at locking people up.

The state has the second-highest incarceration rate in the nation. The prison system is operating at 115 percent of capacity. The Department of Corrections director wants two new prisons and a thousand more guards.

“It's a system that's hurting and is going to break, and we're going to have some serious incident if we don't take some corrective action,” Joe Allbaugh said last week.

“We tend to incarcerate everybody who breaks the law as opposed to getting those individuals into some type of program that will help them.”

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