Bar none, the Sooner state is first in the nation at putting women behind bars. According to the Oklahoma Department of Correction, we incarcerate 132 women per 100,000 population — almost double the national average.
More than 85 percent of those females are mothers, and the majority of female inmates are nonviolent offenders. But we even have one on death row: Brenda Andrew, convicted in 2004 for the 2001 murder of her husband, Rob Andrew.
On Tuesday, Sept. 20, you can get a peek into this judicial phenomenon with a free screening of the documentary “Women Behind Bars: The Voices of Oklahoma’s Incarcerated Women and Their Children.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. showing at the Thurman J. White Forum Auditorium, 1704 Asp in Norman; a panel discussion follows, hosted by the University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies.
Having premiered at this summer’s deadCENTER Film Festival, the doc is directed, produced and edited by OU alum Amina Benalioulhaj. —Rod Lott