Upcoming Event: The Atlantic and Reveal hosting OKC discussion of ‘The Experience of Women and Children Behind Bars’

The Atlantic magazine, in collaboration with Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, is hosting a discussion with state and national criminal justice leaders about female incarceration in Oklahoma.

You can register for the event here.

From the organizers:

For decades, Oklahoma has led the nation in the rate at which it incarcerates women. Why?

As the state grapples with an emerging political consensus around criminal justice reform, The Atlantic will seek to understand the experiences of women affected by the state’s justice system. What are the underlying reasons — legal, political, social, emotional — behind their incarceration? What are the impacts on children, families, communities and the women themselves? And what might proposed reforms mean for women in particular?

When: Wednesday September 20, 2017, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Where: Will Rogers Theatre, 4322 N. Western Avenue, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73118


  • Ziva Branstetter, Senior Editor, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Governor Mary Fallin
  • David Fritze, Executive Editor, Oklahoma Watch
  • Sheila Harbert, Chief Community Outreach Officer, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma
  • Allison Herrera, Multimedia Reporter and Social Media Editor, Public Radio International
  • Steve Kunzweiler, District Attorney, Tulsa County
  • D’Marria Monday, National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls
  • Laura Pitman, Director of Population, Programs and Strategic Planning, Oklahoma Department of Corrections
  • Malika Saada Saar, Senior Counsel, Civil and Human Rights, Google
  • Susan Sharp, Presidential Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of Oklahoma
  • Kris Steele, Executive Director, The Education and Employment Ministry
  • Alison Stewart, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic
  • Mimi Tarrasch, Executive Senior Program Director, Women in Recovery


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Ryan Gentzler worked at OK Policy from January 2016 until November 2022. He last served as the organization's Reserach Director and oversaw Open Justice Oklahoma. He began at OK Policy as an analyst focusing on criminal justice issues, including sentencing, incarceration, court fines and fees, and pretrial detention. Open Justice Oklahoma grew out of Ryan’s groundbreaking analysis of court records, which was used to inform critical policy debates. A native Nebraskan, he holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma and a BA in Institutions and Policy from William Jewell College. He served as an OK Policy Research Fellow in 2014-2015.

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