Regarding “State prisons get fuller” (Oklahoma Watch, July 26): Incarceration is supposed to be a measure to “get tough” on crime. But where are the statistics demonstrating that the crime rate in Oklahoma has been substantially lowered by imprisoning ever greater numbers? And once released, inmates no longer have the earning potential to contribute to the tax base and the economic health of the state. The state is clearly investing more in locking people up than it is in education and ensuring a good future for the children. Our priorities as a state need to be re-examined.