In Oklahoma, Tulsa Kids features two Girl Scouts on the cover and includes an article about Girl Scouts Beyond Bars. Girl Scouts Beyond Bars is a nationwide program designed to help girls (and boys) who have been impacted by the justice system. The primary focus of the program is family reunification. In May, Tulsa World reports that Oklahoma has the highest per-capita rate of female inmates in the United States, with 85 percent of those women being mothers.
The Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Initiative was established in 1992 in partnership with the National Institute of Justice. The goals are to lessen the impact of parental separation due to incarceration, to foster the personal and social development of girls and their mothers, and to provide girls with the opportunity to participate with their parents in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Last year, Tulsa World reported that The Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma received another large grant to provide services to children with incarcerated parents, bringing the amount to $1 million awarded the group for Girl Scouts Beyond Bars in 2010.