Area of FocusCRIMINAL JUSTICE
Oklahoma has the highest rate of female incarceration, imprisoning more women per capita than any other state in the U.S. at a rate of 142 per 100,000. The consequences of incarceration and familial separation are devastating for both mothers and their children. In many cases, prison is not cost-effective, does not enhance public safety, fails to promote true rehabilitation and places children at far greater risk of entering the criminal justice system. GKFF invests in initiatives to reduce the number of people sent to prison by offering alternatives to incarceration, targeted family support and advocacy efforts.
“Children bear no responsibility for the circumstance of their birth and are often the most impacted by poor health outcomes in their families, limiting their opportunity to escape from intergenerational poverty. That is morally offensive.”
— George B. Kaiser
Incarceration has long-reaching effects beyond the incarcerated individual. GKFF supports programs that break the cycle of incarceration to reduce the negative impact on Oklahoma families and communities.