OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - New statistics show Oklahoma has one the
highest percentage of people behind bars. Data released this week by the US Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics show that 62,100 people are in the corrections system in Oklahoma.
The correctional population includes people in prison and jail
as well as those on probation and parole. The state's percentage of the correctional population incarcerated is 47.9 percent.
The national average is 30.2 percent. Oklahoma's correctional population includes 29,700 people in prison, 28,326 on probation and 4,047 on parole.
The nation's combined federal, state and local adult correctional population reached 6.9 million men and women.
The number of people in Oklahoma's correctional population has slightly increased in the past four to five years, while the number of probationers has fallen and the number of those on parole has