Washington, D.C. (September 8, 2017) -- Oklahoma incarcerates women, many of them mothers, at a rate more than twice the national average. As the state grapples with an emerging political consensus around criminal justice reform, The Atlantic will convene an afternoon event in Oklahoma City centered around the experiences of women affected by the state’s justice system.
“Defining Justice: The Experience of Women and Children Behind Bars” will take place on September 20 from 1-5 PM CT at Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers Theatre (4322 N. Western Ave). This is the first in a series of three events, underwritten by Google, examining aspects of the American criminal justice system and how they affect women and children in cities across the country.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin will join the program for a one-on-one discussion on the political path towards criminal justice reform in Oklahoma, moderated by The Atlantic’s Alison Stewart.
Other conversations across the afternoon 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 the women and children affected by the justice system? And what could a woman-oriented criminal justice system look like?