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Public-private partnership aims to lower Oklahoma's female incarceration rate

Public-private partnership aims to lower Oklahoma's female incarceration rate

Public-private project to fund more Women in Recovery

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Flanked by more than a dozen women who have participated in a drug-recovery program to divert women from prison, Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday announced a public-private partnership that is designed to change lives and lower the state’s female incarceration rate.

“Government too often pays for programs that it hopes work, but under this arrangement, government will pay for what works,” Fallin said. “Women in Recovery is a cost-effective alternative that improves public safety and helps preserve Oklahoma families. Through this agreement, the state will partner with private entities to expand its success and reduce Oklahoma’s unacceptable female incarceration rate in the process.”

Under the Pay for Success program, Tulsa-based Family & Children’s Services must come up with at least $2 million a year to fund the upfront costs of the program, which provides an intensive outpatient treatment alternative to eligible women facing potential long prison sentences for nonviolent, drug-related offenses.

The state would then provide up to $22,584 in reimbursements to the nonprofit organization for each woman who graduates from the program and doesn’t reoffend.

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