Prison Overcrowding: Oklahoma

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s corrections system, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures 2007-2008

DOC Costs

  • Annual budget – $503,000,000
  • Percentage of the state General Fund allocated to Corrections in FY2008 – 7.8%

DOC Staff and Population

  • Total department active personnel – 4,659
    • Correctional Officers – 1,930
    • Probation and Parole Officers – 347
    • Administration – 2,382
  • Total incarcerated under DOC jurisdiction – 25,186
  • Average age – 37.4 years

Organization of state divisions, view here.


  • Population – 3,770
  • Average age – 36.3 years

Overcrowding Quick Facts

  • Forty-nine percent of the total incarcerated population is offenders with an active violent offense. The majority of these offenders were sentenced for Assault, Robbery, Rape, Murder I, and Sex.
  • The closure of state mental health facilities over the past decade still affects the number of offenders with mental health problems who enter state prison facilities. The overall numbers of prisoners per 100,000 of population have continued to increase while the number of patients in state mental health facilities per 100,000 population has declined.

Points of Contact

Oklahoma Department of Corrections
3400 N Martin Luther King Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73111-4298 or
P.O. Box 11400, Oklahoma City, OK 73136-0400
(405) 425-2500

Organization of DOC Executive Staff, view here.

Helpful Links

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

See also:

Oregon Prison Overcrowding