Oklahoma sends more women to prison than any other state on a per capita basis and has for 14 of the past 15 years. It begs the question "Why?" During the next several months, Oklahoma Watch will join with other media partners in examining how we became "No. 1," what it means to the children they leave behind and to taxpayers and whether or not there is a better way to handle nonviolent offenders.

Oklahoma judges say they are not to blame for the high number of incarcerated women.

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Oklahoma had 2,584 women in prisons and halfway houses on April 1, a Corrections Department spokesman said. Most years, Oklahoma locks up more women per capita than any other state, according to U.S. Justice Department statistics. The high female incarceration rate has brought about an outcry for reforms.

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