This report is the result of months of qualitative and quantitative research on the effect of five years of reforms, the ongoing drivers of Oklahoma’s stubbornly high incarceration rates, and the personal stories of people who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. FWD.us and its partners in Oklahoma conducted interviews and focus groups with nearly 100 practitioners, experts, advocates, and directly impacted people, reviewed dozens of written submissions from currently incarcerated people, and analyzed several years of local and state corrections data as part of this research.
The quantitative research for this report is based on analysis of data from the Department of Corrections, as well as data collected and analyzed by several partner organizations. Several partner organizations, including Open Justice Oklahoma and ProsperOK, provided additional research and analytic support for the findings in this report. Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this report stems from analysis of individual-level data files provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. For a more detailed methodology, please consult the full text version of Turning the Page.
The qualitative research for this report is based on conversations with 95 people through a series of focus groups and individual and group interviews conducted between February and July of 2022, and a review of written submissions from dozens of people currently incarcerated in women’s prisons in Oklahoma.
Each person provided verbal or written consent to publish the stories shared in this report. To ensure privacy, stories are anonymized or pseudonyms are used for some directly impacted people.
Many organizations and programs helped make qualitative research possible, including Block Builderz, Women in Recovery, Center for Employment Opportunities, Just the Beginning, Project Commutation, TEEM, George Kaiser Family Foundation, ReMerge, Poetic Justice, and Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform.