The Norman Transcript

December 2, 2012

No space for female offenders

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

VINITA — The director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections says the prison system is out of space for female offenders, in part because of a rule that requires convicts serve at least 85 percent of sentences for violent crimes, crimes against children and vulnerable adults and some drug trafficking offenses.

“We have fewer females discharging so far this year and we have more coming in,” DOC Director Justin Jones said Friday following a Board of Corrections meeting in Vinita.

Jones said the department took in 1,198 female inmates last year and released 1,162. It’s projected to receive 1,242 women this year and expects to release 1,131.

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