Oklahoma has the highest incarceration rates in the world.
96,000 kids in Oklahoma have had a parent in prison at one time in their childhood. That is 10% of all children in Oklahoma.
45% of men in state prisons under 24 are fathers. 55% of women in state prisons are mothers.
Most children with a parent in prison are under the age of ten. More than 20% are four or younger.
Children who have a parent in prison are at higher risk for developmental and health problems. Anxiety and depression are much more common amongst these children, and they are also more likely to dropout of school.
Children with a parent in prison are 70% more likely than their peers to be incarcerated themselves.
For over 25 years, New Hope has been providing services free of charge to Oklahoma children of prisoners. Our organization began in 1992 as a summer camp for children enduring parental incarceration. The critical need for our programs has grown year after year in Oklahoma, which currently holds the highest incarceration rate in the nation. Through the years our programs have greatly expanded to include after-school programs, community-based programs, weekend retreats, holiday celebrations, and case management services.
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