43,000 people from Oklahoma are behind bars today
Rates of imprisonment have grown dramatically in the last 40 years
Also see these Oklahoma graphs:
Today, Oklahoma’s incarceration rates stand out internationally
In the U.S., incarceration extends beyond prisons and local jails to include other systems of confinement. The U.S. and state incarceration rates in this graph include people held by these other parts of the justice system, so they may be slightly higher than the commonly reported incarceration rates that only include prisons and jails. Details on the data are available in States of Incarceration: The Global Context. We also have a version of this graph focusing on the incarceration of women.
People of color are overrepresented in prisons and jails
See also our detailed graphs about Whites,
in Oklahoma prisons and jails.
Oklahoma's criminal justice system is more than just its prisons and jails
Our other articles about Oklahoma
- Indiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas undermine their own criminal justice reform agenda with challenge of FCC regulation of prison phone industry, by Emily Widra, March 14, 2016
- Prison gerrymandering finally solved in McAlester, Okla., by Aleks Kajstura, March 17, 2015
- Accidental prison gerrymandering almost solved in McAlester, Okla., by Aleks Kajstura, June 18, 2014
- Butting heads on head count, by James Beaty, McAlester News-Capital, September 12, 2011
- Importing Constituents: Prisoners and Political Clout in Oklahoma, by Peter Wagner and Elena Lavarreda, September 21, 2009