Oklahoma incarcerates more women per capita than any other state in the nation. ReMerge is a comprehensive female diversion program designed to transform pregnant women and mothers facing incarceration into productive citizens.
To restore mothers and families through a comprehensive diversion program of treatment, recovery, and hope.
In August 2010, the Inasmuch Foundation and United Way of Central Oklahoma gathered a small group of thoughtful committed citizens to address the rate at which we incarcerate women in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma County Collaborative included members of over 25 nonprofits,community funders, and government agencies. A year later ReMerge was born.
Intergenerational cycles of incarceration, addiction, and poverty no longer exist.
When alternatives to incarceration are offered that include evidence-based treatment and removal of barriers, mothers can become productive citizens, capable of caring for themselves and their children and leading a crime free future, thus breaking the intergenerational cycle of incarceration and poverty.
The community leaders recognized the opportunity to break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration and poverty.
“Today I stand before you, whole, grateful, joyous and free. And although it’s a lifelong disease, I will continue to fight using all of the tools I’ve learned on my journey.
I am a wonderful mother to my 1 year old child and because of the chance I have been gifted with, she will never have to know what it feels like when mommy doesn’t fight for her.
Thank you for my chance, for my daughter, for my life.”
ReMerge, powered by the Google.org Community Impact Award, have an initiative to increase "Fair Chance Employers" willing to employ justice-involved individuals. Our goal is to have 20 new employer partners by 2020. For more resources to learn why it is important for our community, click here.