In addition to approving a working budget for the coming fiscal, the Oklahoma County Jail Budget Board on Monday also allocated some last-minute supplementary funding for the current fiscal year.

Published in Current Events
BY VALLERY BROWN
Published: August 29, 2010

Many may want them gone, but illegal immigrants in Oklahoma can be good business. The detention of illegal immigrants brings in millions of dollars for counties in the state. Jobs, jails and upkeep are funded by dollars generated through federal contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. So say county officials who handle the purse strings of some sheriff's departments in the state. Millions in revenue for transporting and detaining immigrants for the federal government have financed jobs, departments and, in some cases, entire jails.

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Published in Prison Legal News
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 16:50

Study finds children of inmates at higher risk

10/12/10
KEN MILLER, Associated Press Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma children whose mothers are in prison are five times more likely to end up in prison themselves, according to a report released Tuesday by a child advocacy group.

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy's annual Kids Count Factbook said those children then often have children of their own who end up in the same situation, perpetuating the cycle.

"We know any adverse childhood experience, any sort of trauma or loss a child experiences affects them in their development," said Linda Terrell, the group's executive director.

Published in Family Support