Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Incarceration
The state of Oklahoma incarcerates more women per capita than any other state in the nation, at a rate of 134 per 100,000, compared to the national average of 69 per 100,000. The majority of these women are imprisoned for nonviolent or drug-related offenses. Prison for these offenders is, in many cases, an unproductive and expensive process that damages families and seldom enhances public safety or leads to true rehabilitation. After investigating the impact on children and families, GKFF has identified the problem as a significant area of concern related to its mission of breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
GKFF supports a number of programs and initiatives focused on reducing the rate of female incarceration and improving Oklahoma’s criminal justice strategies.