In the months ahead, The Oklahoman will collaborate with other news organizations to analyze why Oklahoma puts more women in prison per capita than any other state, what happens to the children they leave behind and what steps elected officials might take to control costs and reduce prison overcrowding.
The project will be coordinated by Oklahoma Watch, an independent, nonprofit, investigative and in-depth reporting team that partners with news organizations and higher education to produce impact journalism in the public interest.
Its partners also include the Tulsa World; Oklahoma Press Association; OETA-The Oklahoma Network; KWGS Public Radio 89.5; Griffin Communications, owners of KWTV-News 9 and KOTV NewsOn6; and the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Oklahoma Watch is funded by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation of Miami, Fla., the Tulsa Community Foundation and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation of Oklahoma City.
Members of its executive committee include Phil Lakin, chief executive officer of the Tulsa Community Foundation; Bob Ross, president and chief executive officer of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation; Dave Lopez, president of American Fidelity Foundation; Joe Worley, executive editor of the Tulsa World; and Ed Kelley, editor of The Oklahoman.