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
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 13:13

Senate rejects Webb's prison reform plan

U.S. Sen. Jim Webb's proposal to form a commission to recommend widespread reforms to the criminal justice system lost a key vote Thursday in the Senate.

Webb has argued that changes are long overdue - the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, the bill notes, and half of prisoners will return to prison within three years of release. A disproportionately large share of minorities are behind bars.

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