A growing number of states have begun taking a step towards the goal of getting more inmates off the streets.
From Florida to New York, the state legislatures are considering bills that would require state prison systems to build more prisons, or provide incentives for them to do so.
But the state that’s leading the charge is Oklahoma, where Gov.
Mary Fallin is pushing for the creation of a new state prison.
The idea, which has been endorsed by the American Civil Liberties Union, is to help ease overcrowding by building a new, more secure prison to house some of the more than 2,000 inmates currently housed in Oklahoma’s state prisons.
“This is about ending our epidemic of mass incarceration,” Fallin said at a recent press conference.
“We’re going to end mass incarceration.
The people of Oklahoma need to be told that.”
Oklahoma, like many states, is also moving toward more efficient use of resources.
As of last year, the average annual cost of building a prison in Oklahoma was $8.2 million, according to the Oklahoma Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
But in a report released last week, the Bureau found that Oklahoma has the lowest per capita incarceration rate in the country, at 3.4 per 100,000 residents.
That compares to the national rate of 5.4.
The report found that the state’s prisons cost about $9.5 million per year, or an average of $5,000 per inmate.
This compares to $21.9 million in total annual costs for building and maintaining facilities in California, $22.7 million for New York City and $28.9 for Los Angeles.
Oklahoma has been building new prisons in the past, but it’s the largest in the nation.
In addition to the $8 million per inmate figure, Oklahoma has more than 40,000 beds and the largest number of beds in the state, with nearly 30,000 in facilities currently under construction.
In 2018, the prison population grew by nearly 4,000 people, the report said.
In order to reduce overcrowding, Oklahoma is also looking to expand the use of private contractors.
The state is working with a group of private prison operators to develop a new private prison that would be built near the border with Kansas.
This would allow the state to build new facilities in a more efficient way, said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.
Oklahoma’s proposal would also eliminate the need for the state prisons to use the state prison system.
The plan would cost $1.5 billion and would be funded by a $500 million bond, according the report.
The move comes after other states have adopted similar policies, which have seen an increase in incarceration.
New York’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision recently began accepting bids for the construction of a prison near Buffalo, New York.
The plan would build a prison and surrounding buildings that would hold 2,600 inmates.
A state audit found that while the proposed prison would not be the largest facility in the United States, it would be the most efficient one.
The report found the prison would reduce the prison’s overall population by 5,000 prisoners per year.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) found that in the last decade, the number of people in prison nationwide grew by 4.6 percent, the largest increase since 1999.
The number of prisoners in the U.S. has been steadily declining since the mid-1990s.
The most recent figures for 2016, which came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed that the average American inmate was held in prison for a total of 6.8 years.