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Mass Incarceration Awareness

Press Release

March 11, 2015

Sponsored by:

OK CURE & End Mass Incarceration Oklahoma

OK CURE is a nonprofit whose goal is prison reform We are part of a national multiissue organization which works to reduce crime through reform of the criminal justice system. CURE strives to insure just treatment for prisoners, victims, and their families. End Mass Incarceration a grassroots social reform organization. Together they will be hosting a public speaking event March 11, 2015 at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

The event is intended to increase awareness and educate the public about issues surrounding mass incarceration and how it affects our society and communities.

The event will provide a forum for intelligent, thoughtful discussion and debate on current policies and reform momentums.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 speaking event at State Capitol

Event begins 9:00 am in the Capitol Rotunda, first floor.

Confirmed speakers include:

Pastor Dixie Pebworth, author and Operations Director of Wings of Freedom

Kris Steele, formally Oklahoma’s Speaker of the House and current Executive Director of TEEM a reentry program based in Oklahoma City.

Connie Johnson, former Oklahoma State Senator and current reform activist.

Bo Cox, author, former inmate, Bo leads therapeutic activities at a psychiatric hospital. He also serves as a consultant to St. Alban’s School in Washington, D.C.

Lynn Powell, State Director of OK CURE, Board member of CURE National

Betty Chism, mother of Kevin Ott who is serving LWOP for a nonviolent drug crime, activist and founder of Chism Enterprises.

CONTACT: (501) 455 2817

(918) 949 6046


About Pastor Dixie Pebworth


also http://www.pastordixie.com/

About Kris Steele

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kris_Steele  also http://www.capitolbeatok.com/reports/former-house-speaker-kris-steele-joins-teem-as-executive-director

About Connie Johnson

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constance_N._Johnson also http://ballotpedia.org/Constance_Johnson

About Bo Cox

http://www.amazon.com/Will-Gods-Help-Bo-Cox/dp/088028370X  also http://stnicksmt.org/prison-light/

About Lynn Powell

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/lynn-powell/49/ab7/575 also http://www.okcure.org/grants__funding

About John Pearson

Social impact bonds could fund smart on crime reforms (Guest Post: John Pearson)


Currently holds record for highest increase in women’s incarcerations in the nation.

Prisons currently operating at 116% capacity ~The Boley prison is at 130 % capacity, women’s prison Eddie Warrior is at 161 % and Howard McLeod Correctional Center is at 216% of its capacity.

Oklahoma prisons house more nonviolent inmates than violent.

Oklahoma has the highest rate of prison homicides in the nation, with state inmates killed at a rate more than three times the national average, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.