Sunday, February 27, 2011


   CALLING OKLAHOMANS TO ACTION! A public agenda action plan, from the "Solutions,Initiatives,Strategies to reduce the incarceration of Oklahoma Women". Strategies to lower the incarceration rate of women in Oklahoma to under the national average by 2020.
   This action plan resulted from a collaborative, non-partisan statewide initiative to reduce the incarceration rate of women in Oklahoma to less than the national average by 2020, using evidence-based practices & policies. Oklahoma has ranked first in the incarceration of women per capita,above all other states in the nation,for much of the past two decades!!!
The Oklahoma SIS Project, spearheaded by the Oklahoma Commission of the Status of Women, the Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections & the Oklahoma Women's Coalition seeks the assistance of all Oklahomans to reduce the rate of incarceration of non-violent,low-risk women offenders while enhancing public safety & expanding cost efficiencies. We offer this plan of action for your review,endorsement, & collective action. Four clearly-stated overarching strategies, followed by state,community & individual action goals with suggested approaches across the life-long path of incarceration-- PREVENTION- INTERVENTION & DIVERSION-RECIDIVISM & REENTRY provide many opportunities for individuals,civic,community,faith-based,judicial,legislative & governmental interests to step up & effect change.
State,Community & Individual Action:
In every strategic life span area, a few simply-stated strategies set out actions to accomplish at both state & community levels as well as actions individuals may choose to select. The suggested approaches are activities any group or individual may elect to undertake to help achieve one or more strategies, but are indeed simply suggested deliberately making room for a host of other approaches & activities.
Blue Ribbon Committee on Incarceration of Women:
The Oklahoma SIS project brought together a 42 member panel of experts & leaders in the field of women's incarceration in Oklahoma. Panelists reviewed & distilled years of recommendations & research into a comprehensive plan of action for addressing the highest incarceration rate of women in the nation. As part of the year long project, a diverse group of some 200 state leaders,individuals, governmental & non-govermental entities adopted the plan at an issues summit on April 30, 2010.
Four Overarching Strategies:
Over-arching strategies concisely identify four key actions critical to achieving the overall goal: to reduce the incarceration rate of Oklahoma women to under the national average by 2020 using evidence-based practice & policy.
   1. Interrupt the pathways to incarceration.
   2. Expand critical services to at-risk individuals, populations, & communities.
   3. Enhance public safety while implementing/expanding lower cost alternatives to 
       incarceration for non-violent female offenders.
   4. Remove barriers & provide support for successful return from incarceration to 
Strategic Change Across Life Span:
Comprehensively, the Reduce Incarceration of Women Action Plan approaches the issues surrounding women's incarceration across the span of an individual's lifetime. This approach asks, "To effectively reduce women's incarceration numbers at the lowest risk to public safety & at the most efficient cost to taxpayers, at what critical points in life can the greatest numbers of lives be redirected away from paths leading to imprisonment & restored to society?"
In response, the Oklahoma SIS action plan divides the life span of incarceration into three broad areas,identifying strategies for change in each at the state, community & individual local levels.
Strategic life span change areas are:
   1. Prevention  2. Intervention & Diversion  3. Recidivism & Reentry.
Strategies to reduce common pathways & factors that can contribute to later incarceration.
Strategies to intervene & address risk factors both before & after contact with law enforcement &/or strategies to divert low-risk non-violent offenders from incarceration.
Strategies that support rehabilitation of offenders,reduce recidivism & enable offenders to successfully re-enter the community after imprisonment.
Strategic areas are listed in order of their ultimate potential to have the greatest impact on reducing incarceration rate numbers at more efficient costs than the $14,154+ annual cost of incarceration per woman using evidence based practices & policies


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