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Oklahoma prisons director says overcrowding crisis worsening


January 17, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's prisons are crumbling, guards are overworked and underpaid, and the problem is expected to worsen in coming years as more men and women are sentenced to long stretches behind bars, the head of the state's Department of Corrections warned lawmakers on Tuesday.

Director Joe Allbaugh delivered the blunt assessment just days after the release of federal statistics that show Oklahoma ranked second in the nation in overall incarceration rate with 673 people imprisoned per 100,000 residents in 2016, second only to Louisiana's rate of 760 inmates.

"This is embarras...

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