TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma remains tops for incarcerating women in the United States, but Tulsa County’s contribution to that rate is falling, the Tulsa World’s Ginnie Graham reports.

The story, which you can find here, states that the county’s contribution to that rate has been falling since 2011, except for a jump in 2013 attributed to a move of state prisoners out of county jails.

WIR Grad 1The story  details a number of alternative to incarceration programs in Tulsa, including Women’s Defense Team and Women in Recovery, which Family & Children’s Services operates in partnership with the George Kaiser Family Foundation. The story credits WIR with beginning the momentum toward lowering female incarceration in 2008, the year the program began.

Women in Recovery is an intensive outpatient alternative to incarceration for those facing long prison sentences because of non-violent, drug-related offenses. WIR organizers work with the criminal justice system and others to give its women the supervision they need, along with substance abuse counseling, mental health treatment, education, workforce training and family reunification to ensure they break the cycle of re-offending.

 16 women graduated from the program last June. An additional 17 graduated last October, with 234 graduated since its inception.
F&CS is proud to be a part of the solution and thanks its partners, the George Kaiser Family Foundation, and its commitment to breaking the cycle of inter-generational incarceration.

About Family & Children’s Services

For 90 years, Family & Children’s Services has been the place to turn for help with problems that seem overwhelming and too difficult to handle alone. The agency restores children’s well-being, heals victims of abuse, strengthens individuals and families, and provides hope and recovery for adults suffering from mental illness and addictions. Today, its life-changing services help one in six Tulsans.

Family & Children’s Services is a partner agency of the Tulsa Area United Way. F&CS is also a member of the following national organizations: Mental Health Corporations of America and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. F&CS is certified with distinction as a community mental health center by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. F&CS is also certified with distinction as a Community Mental Health Center by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Additionally, F&CS is certified by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as an Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program and certified with distinction as a Gambling Treatment Program.