Oklahoma incarcerates around 1,079 per 100,000 people each year, giving us the highest rates of incarceration in the world.
(2018, Prison Policy Initiative)
135,303 kids in Oklahoma
135,303 kids in Oklahoma have had a parent in prison at one time in their childhood. That is 15% of all children in Oklahoma. (2017, Annie E. Casey Foundation)
Evidence strongly suggests children's lives are improved and potential future crimes can be greatly reduced when relationships with incarcerated mothers are maintained. (2014, OK Study of Incarcerated Mothers & Their Children)
Children with Parents in Prison
Most children with a parent in prison are under the age of ten. More than 20% are four or younger.
Health and Development
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 parental incarceration negatively affects their relationships with caregivers and peers. (2014, OK Study of Incarcerated Mothers & Their Children)
Men and Women in Prisons
45% of men in state prisons under 24 are fathers. Nearly 65% of women in state prisons are mothers. (Still She Rises)