Tulsa alternative prison plan to honor graduates

Apr 18, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An alternative prison program for nonviolent female offenders with alcohol and drug addictions is set to honor its sixth and largest group of graduates.

Women in Recovery is an alternative to incarceration program that operates in Tulsa County. Its latest graduating class will be honored Wednesday during a ceremony at the State Capitol.

Gov. Mary Fallin, House Speaker Kris Steele and other state officials will attend.

The latest graduates will join 52 other women who have completed the program since the first group graduated in July 2010. Two graduates will discuss their struggle with addiction, recovery, employment and reunification with their children and families.

Steele has sponsored legislation designed to ease the state's explosive prison growth, reduce Oklahoma's violent crime rate and cut prison costs. It's pending in the Senate.

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