Oklahoma's prison population falls, but system still crowded


January 30, 2020

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's state prison population has dropped below 25,000 for the first time in more than a decade, but the system is still overcrowded.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections' weekly population count for Jan. 21 was 24,992, Tulsa World reported. The Bureau of Justice Statistics year-end data shows that the state's prison population hadn't been below 25,000 since 2009.

Adam Luck, a member of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, credited positive changes to significant justice reform measures. But, he said the state would benefit from engaging in a tough conversatio...

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