She was arrested and spent more than a year in DOC custody before being accepted into Women in Recovery. Now she is employed, has custody of her children, and said she knows “how to put boundaries in place” and has “become empowered to make decisions that are safe and healthy for my children and for me.”
The graduation ceremony includes presentation of diplomas, with the reading of each name greeted by big cheers and more than a few tears. After getting a hug from one graduate, Mimi Tarrasch, director of Women in Recovery, turned back to the crowd and said, “Do I have the best job in the world, or what?”
In her remarks, Kaiser foundation official Amy Santee put it this way: “Policy does matter.” That it does. Oklahoma could use more programs like this one, which saves the state money while offering women a real shot at a new start.
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