Free Film Screening about Oklahoma’s female incarceration: ‘Women in Prison: America’s Forgotten Voices’

Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Women’s Incarceration in Oklahoma
Incarceration rates for women have increased 800% across the nation. In #Oklahoma alone, the number of women locked away in prisons has increased more than 17-fold, from 176 in 1978 to 3,114 in 2017. We continue to lead the nation in female incarceration, only second to Idaho, and this devastating phenomenon has caught the attention of the world.
Join us in a private screening of the film Women in Prison: America’s Forgotten Voices by French film studio StudioFact Rights documenting the mass incarceration of women in Oklahoma.
Afterwards we will be joined by Kris Steele, the Executive Director of TEEM, Colleen McCarty, the Executive Director of Oklahoma Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, and Tondalao Hall, an advocate for reform and formerly incarcerated individual.

The program Poetic Justice is showcased in this documentary. April Wilkens was a part of that program last year, but is not featured. Colleen McCarty of Oklahoma Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is on the panel. McCarty is the co-host of the Panic Button podcast, whose first season told the ongoing story of April Wilkens.

 

Free Film Screening about Oklahoma’s female incarceration: ‘Women in Prison: America’s Forgotten Voices’

ICYMI: Win for criminalized survivor Lisa Rae Moss

The comments on this post talk about what happened at the December 2022 Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board meeting. This is a huge win for all criminalized survivors in Oklahoma!

ICYMI: Win for criminalized survivor Lisa Rae Moss

Happened last night: Channel 8 story by Brenna Rose about April Wilkens

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Happened last night: Channel 8 story by Brenna Rose about April Wilkens

Parole Investigator response letter to April Wilkens about why the Pardon and Parole Board denied her a 2022 parole hearing:

PI response letter

Parole Investigator's response about OK pardon and Parole Board The response from the Parole Investigator (who recommended she move forward with parole to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board) for why April was denied a parole hearing in 2022 this year reads thus:

“The Board is not obligated to provide a reason for denial as they did not provide a reason for years 2013, 2016, and 2019. A reason for denial was provided for 2022 as ‘A’: ‘The aggravating factors associated with the original crime, INCLUDING ANY DA OR VICTIM PROTEST, currently outweigh any mitigating factors in support of parole at this time.'” (emphasis added) Response dated 4/7/2022. I asked in writing instead of in person so that I have documentation.”

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board chose from a form list of responses.

To read the protest letter Tulsa DA Steve Kunzweiler’s office sent to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board see this link.

To learn about past cases like April’s, and where April’s falls within them, see this link.

If you would like a brief update on the current status of April’s case, see this link which contains a link to a petition currently at over 500+ signatures.¬†

Parole Investigator response letter to April Wilkens about why the Pardon and Parole Board denied her a 2022 parole hearing:

Check out the latest edition of the #AprilsStory VNN coverage:

#AprilsStory The Lone Crusaders is the latest VNN story about April Wilkens. 

Check out the latest edition of the #AprilsStory VNN coverage:

April Wilkens was denied parole for a fourth time this month by the all-male Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board

Scott Williams voted against woman April Wilkens Ed Konieczny voted against woman April Wilkens former-DA Richard Smothermon voted against April Wilkens Larry MorrisApril Wilkens was denied parole for a fourth time this month by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. Richard Smothermon, Edward Konieczny, and Scott Williams all voted against this woman. Larry Morris was her only yes vote, but this time, she didn’t even get a parole hearing. However, the board, this same month, voted to give a full recommendation to the Crossbow Killer, a man whose female victim died by a poisoned arrow. Does this seem fair to you?

In the latest news VNN coverage of April’s case, OU faculty Susan Sharp is interviewed. She wrote the book Mean Lives, Mean Laws, about how Oklahoma oversentences and overpunishes women incarcerated in our state. April Wilkens is a prime example of how women are treated.¬†The board is currently all men, and it shows.

It is an injustice that these men voted against even giving April Wilkens a voice. Did they even read the letters of support sent in? Did they even read April’s letter to them? They need to read Prison Policy’s latest report.

We will try for commutation next, but it will still the be the same all-male board (unless a woman is appointed to replace Kelly Doyle, who resigned just days before they voted on April’s parole jacket). We are putting together a petition, but in the meantime, please lift your voice in support of April’s. You can contact the board and explain your view on this issue:¬† Boardmembers@ppb.ok.gov or leave a voice mail message at 405-522-9227.

April Wilkens was denied parole for a fourth time this month by the all-male Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board

VNN LIVE | April Wilkens Update

Read the latest story VNN released here.

Stories referenced in live: “Oklahoma Pardon & Parole Board Votes To Recommends Parole For ‘Crossbow Killer” and “Oklahoma ranked worst state for women in 2022”

VNN LIVE | April Wilkens Update

What is the point of being sentenced to Life with the possibility of parole if you can never attain parole?

What is the point of being sentenced to Life with the possibility of parole if you can never attain parole?