- Oklahoma incarcerates more women per-capita than anywhere else in the world.
- We incarcerate 131 out of every 100,000 women. The national average is 69 per 100,000.
- 15 of the 77 counties in Oklahoma incarcerate at a rate of 151% to 300% of the national average (this includes Tulsa County).
- 72.4% are white; 7.7% are black; 6.6% are Hispanic
- To reach the national average, we would have to release half of the women currently in prison.
- 64% of women incarcerated have a high need for substance abuse treatment.
- 68% of women in state prisons are serving time for non-violent offenses, often relating to drug or alcohol addiction.
- 67.1% of female prisoners were abused as children. 70.9% are victims of domestic violence as adults.
- 65% of female prisoners are the mothers of children under age 18. Of these children, 52.9% reside with a grandparent; 28% reside with the other parent; 25.7% reside with relatives; 10.4% reside with friends or others and 9.6% reside in foster homes or agencies.
- The cost to taxpayers of incarcerating one drug-offender for one year is between $20,000 and $50,000. One year in a treatment program such as Drug Court can cost as little as $1,500.
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Oklahoma and Incarceration