In April 2017, Governor Mary Fallin announced that the state of Oklahoma and Tulsa-based Family & Children’s Services (F&CS) were entering into a groundbreaking Pay for Success (PFS) contract aimed at reducing Oklahoma’s nation-leading female incarceration rate.
The Oklahoma Women in Recovery Pay for Success project expands Women in Recovery (WIR), an intensive outpatient alternative to prison, that works to reduce the number of women sent to prison and the resulting impact incarceration has on their families. The project mobilizes $2 million annually for up to five years to serve up to 625 women. Payments from the state will be re-invested directly back into the program, as outcomes are achieved.
Social Finance served as an adviser during the development of the project.
Goals of the Project
- Reduce the number of women sent to prison in Oklahoma and the resulting impact incarceration has on their children.
- Improve criminal justice outcomes for women, reduce incarceration, and, consequently, lower overall public sector costs.
In the News
- “Oklahoma approves first-ever Pay for Success contract addressing female incarceration,” Norman Transcript
- “Oklahoma creates first Pay for Success program for female offenders,” The Oklahoman
- “Why should taxpayers pay for programs that don’t work? New model says they don’t,” Tulsa World
- “Keeping mothers out of jail requires new solutions,” The Hill
The State of Oklahoma serves as payor for the project and will make success payments to Family and Children’s Services as outcomes are achieved.
Family and Children’s Services will receive funding to expand their Women in Recovery program to serve up to 625 additional women in Tulsa County.
George Kaiser Family Foundation will provide funding to Women in Recovery. The use of philanthropic funding from GKFF allows for payments from the state to be re-invested directly back into the program, as outcomes are achieved.
Social Finance supported the design of the project.