By Associated Press - Monday, April 25, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A group that advocates for children says Oklahoma’s high incarceration rate has led to one in every 10 children in the state having a parent imprisoned at some point in their lives.

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy highlighted a national report released Monday that details the toll of parental incarceration on children and families. The report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation indicates more than 96,000 Oklahoma children have a parent who has served time in prison.

Oklahoma has had the highest female incarceration rate in the country for more than a decade, and its incarceration rate for men is among the highest.

The foundation’s recommendations include ensuring children are supported while their parents are incarcerated and job programs for released prisoners.

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