The OK Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents Program has a long list of qualifying factors for the successful bidder that doesn’t include such things as national recognition of workers, programs or training — but does include a number of established factors, including an already existing relationship with the Office of Juvenile Affairs.
Since there is $1,500 a year per child plus other “appropriate assistance” at stake here in one of the most incarceration-inclined states in the nation, this may add up to real money. Since this is a new program with no new taxes to cover it, other underfunded programs will probably be shorted further.
The Republican/tea party coalition came into power talking about how much they were going to change things. The greatest observable change is the bloat in the size of the problems and the potential for scandal.
—Clinton Wiles, Oklahoma City