The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) show Oklahoma has the highest rate of prison homicides in the nation. While Maryland comes in second, the BJS indicate that Oklahoma inmates are killed at a rate more than three times the national average. According to a story by The Associated Press, Oklahoma officials blame gang violence for giving the state the nation’s highest long-term prison homicide rate.
While gang violence is undoubtedly an issue in the Oklahoma prison system, it is not a problem that is confined to Oklahoma and is not a recent problem. Not all prison deaths are preventable. However, proper training and adherence to appropriate policies and procedures can help prevent needless deaths.
If you are a family member or friend that has been impacted by the death of someone who was in jail or prison, please reach out and contact our law office at 918-935-2777.