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Oklahoma Now ‘World’s Prison Capital’: Report

The state has surpassed Louisiana, with an incarceration rate of 1,079 per 100,000 people in 2016, the most recent year when data was available—and since the US already has the world’s highest rate, that pushes it to the top of world rankings, according to the Prison Policy Initiative.

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U.S.: Home to 30% of the World's Incarcerated Women

Although the U.S. has just 5% of the world’s female population, it accounts for nearly 30% of the world’s incarcerated women, according to a new report by the Prison Policy Initiative. Using 2010 U.S. Census data, the report calculated incarceration rates for women in each state and placed them in a global context, comparing the rates of U.S. states with those of countries around the world. Twenty-five U.S. states held the top positions in the data. Incarceration data for each […]


Prison and Family: How to Bridge the Distance

When it comes to visiting a loved one in state prison, distance is a deterrent for family members, according to a study released Tuesday by the Prison Policy Initiative. While about 50 percent of inmates who were incarcerated within 50 miles of home had received a visit within the past month, that number decreased to 25.9 percent for inmates living between 100 and 500 miles from home, and to 14.5 percent for inmates living even farther from relatives. “Recognizing that […]