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ReMerge program gives imprisoned mothers another future

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OKLAHOMA CITY-- It's a unwelcome fact that Oklahoma has the highest rate of incarceration among women in the country and many local leaders are trying to break that cycle. However, that can be extremely difficult since the children of those incarcerated women are more likely to go to jail themselves.

A special graduation was held Tuesday for a relatively new project called "ReMerge."

The program focuses on diverting mothers from prison and giving them a chance to turn their lives around and set an example for their children. Four such mothers graduated from "ReMerge" Tuesday and say the workshop changed the outlook of their future.

Carrie Slaughter, a mother of three boys, is one of those graduates and says turning her life around meant dealing with a long family history of addiction.

Terri Woodland, the "ReMerge" program director, and Carrie joined Linda Cavanaugh in studio to discuss what needs to change now to make sure the cycle ends immediately.