Written by Dick Pryor on Friday April 8, 2011
As part of our continuing coverage of the incarceration of women in Oklahoma, we talked about the issue with reporters from Oklahoma Watch. OETA is one of the partners in Oklahoma Watch, which was created to provide in-depth enterprise journalism addressing important state issues.
The problem of female incarceration is one that has dogged Oklahoma for many years. In fact, our state has topped the nation in the rate of sending women to prison in 14 of the last 15 years. Most of the women are behind bars for non-violent offenses, and the price tag to the state keeps going up.
I could write more, but you really want to know more about this important issue, go to the Oklahoma Watch website, where you can find a compilation of the stories that Oklahoma Watch reporters have produced. The stories will give you a good picture of this ongoing dilemma and how it affects our state.
Oklahoma Watch is a partnership between OETA, The Oklahoman, The Tulsa World, KWGS Radio, Griffin Communications, the Oklahoma Press Association, Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa. It is made possible by funding provided by the Tulsa Community Foundation, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the James S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the George Kaiser Family Foundation.
Until next time,
(Pictured above, left to right: Host Dick Pryor, Tom Lindley, Jaclyn Cosgrove, Warren Vieth, and Tammy Payne)
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