Survey says Oklahomans concerned about big population of female inmates

In a recent poll, the majority said the state lacks adequate alternative programs.

BY GINNIE GRAHAM - Tulsa World Modified: December 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm •  Published: November 28, 2010
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TULSA — The majority of Oklahomans believe the state locks up too many women and think it is because of a lack of adequate alternative programs, a recent Oklahoma Poll found.
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About the poll

SoonerPoll.com conducted the scientific telephone survey of 753 likely

Oklahoma voters Oct. 18-23. The poll includes 384 Democrats, 345 Republicans and 24 independents selected randomly from those who have established a frequent voting pattern. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.57 percentage points. The poll is sponsored by the Tulsa World. (Numbers have been rounded.)

Do you think Oklahoma locks up too many women in prison, about the right number or too few women?

Locks up too many…42%

About the right number…35%

Locks up too few women…23%

Don’t know/refused…0.3%

What do you think is the main reason

Oklahoma incarcerates such a large number

of these women?

Oklahoma women are more prone to crime…8%

Oklahomans generally take a harder line on

criminal behavior…26%

Oklahoma lacks alternative programs…60%

Because of divorce/single parenting …0.4%

Because of economy/job opportunities…1%

Because of drug use…1%

Because Oklahoma hates/biased toward women…0.5%

Lack of education…0.4%

Other…2.7%

Do you believe the state’s current stance on crime and punishment is making you safer?

Yes…41%

No…48%

Don’t know/refused…11%

Would you support

reducing the amount of time offenders spend in prison for some non-violent offenses if it meant the state spent less money on the prison system?

Yes…66%

No…24%

Don’t know/refused…11%

Children whose parents are in prison are at a much greater risk of performing poorly in school, substance abuse, depression and suicide. Do you support a proposal that would identify and coordinate services for children whose parents are incarcerated?

Strongly support…63%

Somewhat support …20%

Neutral/No opinion…8%

Somewhat oppose…5%

Strongly oppose…4%

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