OK Grapples with High Female Incarceration Rate

Oklahoma leads the nation in female incarceration – at a rate more than twice the national average. On Wednesday, legislators, activists and academics will explore how to reduce the rate in a livestreamed conference hosted by The Atlantic magazine in collaboration with Reveal, of California’s Center for Investigative Reporting.

The stories behind Oklahoma’s disproportionately high female incarceration rate are the subject of an upcoming investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and a forum in Oklahoma City that will explore the experiences of women in the state’s justice system.

On Wednesday, September 20, The Atlantic will host Defining Justice: The Experience of Women and Children Behind Bars in collaboration with Reveal. Journalists from Reveal, including senior editor Ziva Branstetter, will discuss our upcoming investigation and data analysis examining the roots of the problem.

Defining Justice will confront key questions surrounding women in Oklahoma’s criminal justice system: Why is the women’s incarceration rate in Oklahoma so high? What are the long-term human costs to women and children affected by the justice system? And what solutions would create a criminal justice system more responsive to women?

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will join the program for a one-on-one discussion on the political path toward criminal justice reform in Oklahoma, moderated by The Atlantic’s contributing editor Alison Stewart.

Stewart and Branstetter will moderate discussions throughout the day, along with Allison Herrera, a reporter and social media editor at Public Radio International; and David Fritze, executive editor of Oklahoma Watch. Herrera and The Frontier, an Oklahoma-based news website, partnered with Branstetter on Reveal’s investigation.

Speakers include policymakers, advocates, justice experts, journalists and women who have been incarcerated in Oklahoma prisons. Among the experts taking part in the discussions are Sheila Harbert, chief community outreach officer for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma; and Mimi Tarrasch, executive director of Women in Recovery.

Also scheduled to speak are: Kris Steele, executive director of The Education and Employment Ministry and former speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives; and Susan Sharp, presidential professor emerita at the University of Oklahoma and author of “Mean Lives, Mean Laws: Oklahoma’s Women Prisoners.”

“Defining Justice” is the first in a series of three events by The Atlantic examining aspects of the American criminal justice system and how they affect women and children in cities across the country. TheAtlantic.com is running an ongoing digital reporting series, The Presence of Justice, which focuses on efforts across the nation to move beyond the age of mass incarceration.

Reveal will release its investigation into Oklahoma’s female incarceration rate on our website, podcast and radio show with PRX later this month. Sign up for our newsletter to get the story sent straight to your inbox.

Defining Justice will be recorded and streamed live online by The Atlantic. You can follow the discussion on social media using the hashtag #DefiningJustice.

TCR is pleased to republish this article, produced by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a California-based nonprofit news organization. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast. Readers’ comments are welcome.

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OK Sheriff Charged With Manslaughter in Inmate’s Death

Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles and five jail employees have been indicted for their roles in the June 2016 death of inmate Anthony Huff, who was left restrained in a chair for more than 48 hours without adequate food or water.

The sheriff and five jail employees in Garfield County, Oklahoma, have been indicted for second-degree manslaughter for causing the death of inmate Anthony Huff, who died last year after he was left restrained in a chair for more than 48 hours without adequate food or water, reports NewsOK. A state grand jury indicted Sheriff Jerry Niles, 59, along with a nurse, a nurse practioner, two jail administrators and a detention officer. The sheriff, first elected in 2012, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in his first court appearance and was led from the courthouse in handcuffs. Bail was set at $5,000. The maximum punishment for second-degree manslaughter is four years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

The grand jury did not seek Niles’ ouster so he remains in control of the sheriff’s office and the jail for now, despite the indictment. Huff, 58, of Enid, Okla., was pronounced dead at the jail on June 8, 2016, after being found unresponsive in the restraint chair. He had been jailed four days earlier on a public intoxication complaint, officials said. He was placed in the restraint chair on June 6 after he began hallucinating.

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Jamison Family Mystery: what happened to family of three?

One of the most intriguing cases out there, the mystery of what happened to the Jamison family brings out the amateur sleuth in all of us. In October 2009, the Jamisons – Bobby, Sherilyn, and their six-year-old daughter, Madyson- disappeared from Eufaula, Oklahoma after heading out to remote territory in the Red Oak Mountain area with … Continue reading “Jamison Family Mystery: what happened to family of three?”

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One of the most intriguing cases out there, the mystery of what happened to the Jamison family brings out the amateur sleuth in all of us. In October 2009, the Jamisons – Bobby, Sherilyn, and their six-year-old daughter, Madyson- disappeared from Eufaula, Oklahoma after heading out to remote territory in the Red Oak Mountain area with … Continue reading "Jamison Family Mystery: what happened to family of three?"

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