Oklahoma has among the harshest penalties in the nation.
Oklahoma’s mean laws could one day mean you could go to prison for spitting on the sidewalk.
Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but Oklahoma has some of the toughest criminal laws and punishments in America.
These are unfair sentences are designed to generate money for the state and for private prison industries.
According to University of Oklahoma Sociology Professor Susan Sharp, Oklahoma has “mean” laws that provide very little help to addicts and the mentally ill.
The state is fat with “tough-on-crime” politicians who are not concerned with rehabilitating criminals. They just want to send everyone to jail with little or no thought to how they plan to fund an ever-increasing prison population.
OKLAHOMA’S MEAN LAWS DO NO GOOD
Oklahoma’s mean laws – especially drug laws – are overly punitive and just down right mean.
The tough-on-crime sentencing guidelines mean that nearly all of the non-violent drug offenders are serving lengthy prison sentences when drug rehabilitation would do more good at a lower cost to the state.
Oklahoma has one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation.
According to The Sentencing Project, Oklahoma has the third highest rate of incarceration in the nation.
The number of people imprisoned in the state doubled since 1989. About half of the prisoners are incarcerated for nonviolent property and drug offenses.
Oklahoma incarcerates more people for drug offenses than any other state. Oklahoma also incarcerates 661 per 100,000 of its population. It’s third in the nation, and it imprisons people at a rate 48% higher than the national average.
The Oklahoma Legislature seems to be more concerned about appearing to be “tough on crime” than actually passing laws that would reduce crime or rehabilitate offenders.
Because of this, our citizens suffer longer sentences while the state struggles to fund this level of incarceration.
OKLAHOMA’S MEAN LAWS COST TOO MUCH
In fiscal year 2010, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (ODOC) had $441.8 million in prison expenditures, according to The Price of Prisons, as well as $11.6 million in prison-related costs outside the budget.
“The total cost of Oklahoma’s prisons—to incarcerate an average daily population of 24,549—was therefore $453.4 million, of which 2.6 percent were costs outside the corrections budget.”
Instead of running our state into debt and just tossing people into prison, let’s make a real difference.
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