OK Imprisoned Women Portrayed In Documentary
While we are watching our tuition go up due to budget cuts for education, other government social programs are also seeing their funding drop. But funding has remained steady or even increased for a program that may be doing more harm than good.  Read more . . .

Family Life Behind Bars Interview - Listen Now
Oklahoma’s prisons packed with women
Oklahoma’s crime rate ranks 17th nationally, about on par with the country’s average. But the state has the dubious distinction of being No. 1 for female incarceration per capita in the United States. Read more and listen to a recording of the interview . . .

The Norman Transcript - POP
Women Behind Bars Premiers Saturday at DeadCENTER

Amina Benalioulhaj did not set out to be a film maker. She went to the University of Oklahoma to study women and gender studies, and it wasn't until her junior year, working as a research assistant for Dr. Susan Sharp, that the idea for a documentary was born. Read more using the Issuu widget below

deadCENTER Blitz: First Time Oklahoma Director, Local Poet Tackle Long Standing Women’s Incarceration Issue

Women Behind Bars is Amina Benalioulhaj’s documentary about the women in Oklahoma’s prison system. Benalioulhaj met the startling statistics gleaned from Dr. Susan Sharp’s research skepticism as she set out to make the film. Her professors at the OU women and gender studies program supported her efforts, but outside that supportive circle many people thought she wouldn’t have the means or experience necessary to produce the film.  Read more. . .

Tulsa World - Scene
Screening of documentary to benefit Girl Scouts program
The film featured at "Popcorn and a Movie" should hit home with many Oklahomans.The Thursday event benefiting the Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma's Beyond Bars program will feature a screening of an Oklahoma filmmaker's documentary called "Women Beyond Bars." Read more . . .

ROUTES - Oklahoma Culture
Student focuses lens on female incarceration

Amina Benalioulhaj said she didn't understand before. A Women's and Gender Studies senior at the University of Oklahoma, Benalioulhaj said it took spending time with  university sociology professor Susan Sharp  before the 23-year-old began to grasp the issue of female incarceration in Oklahoma. Read more . . .

deadCENTER Film Festival
Women Behind Bars
WOMEN BEHIND BARS is a student film production affiliated with the University of Oklahoma and the research of Dr. Susan Sharp.Dr. Sharp, Presidential Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Oklahoma, began conducting research on the life histories of Oklahoma's incarcerated women 10 years ago. Read more  . . .

The Oklahoma Daily
Student's documentary explores state's incarceration of women
An OU student hopes to open minds and challenge perceptions with her new documentary on a subject about which she is passionate: the issue of female incarceration in Oklahoma. The film screens Tuesday in Gaylord Hall. Read more  . . .

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Women Behind Bars
WOMEN BEHIND BARS is a student film production affiliated with the University of Oklahoma and the research of Professor of Sociology, Dr. Susan Sharp. Read more . . .

J. Rader Blog
Students Students lobby at Capitol to help incarcerated women

To improve the situation of incarcerated women in Oklahoma, one OU student is filming a documentary. Women’s and gender studies senior, Amina Benalioulhaj, led a small group of students from the Women’s and Gender Studies Student Association to the state capitol Wednesday to get footage and meet with lawmakers. Read more . . .

Look at OKC
OU to host film, discussion about imprisoned women

A free public screening of "Women Behind Bars: The Voices of Oklahoma's Incarcerated Women and Their Children," a University of Oklahoma student film production, is 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1140 of Gaylord Hall, 395 W Lindsey St. Read more . . .

OK Policy Blog
An Interview with Amina Benalioulhaj, director of “Women Behind Bars” documentary

Women Behind Bars is a new documentary about female incarceration in Oklahoma by University of Oklahoma student Amina Benalioulhaj. The film premiered in a packed showing at the deadCENTER Film Festival earlier this month. Read more . . .

The Undercurrent
The Missing Piece

Most people don’t believe me when I tell them that Oklahoma has the highest female incarceration rate in the world. They stare back at me blankly, waiting for me to retract my statement, hoping that I might have been telling a bad joke or waiting to see what their reaction might be. When I fail to respond in kind, their stare turns into a look of utter shock. Read more . . .

OU College of Liberal Studies Vantage Point Magazine
Applauding a Milestone - CLS 50th Anniversary Events
Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Women Behind Bars: The Voices of Oklahoma’s Incarcerated Women and their Children.
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Oklahoma Gazette - Cell data
‘Women Behind Bars’ documentary probes state’s high incarceration rate of females.
Bar none, the Sooner state is first in the nation at putting women behind bars. According to the Oklahoma Department of Correction, we incarcerate 132 women per 100,000 population — almost double the national average. Read more . . .

Oklahoma's Women's Coalition Blog
Sept 20 Screening of "Women Behind Bars; Voices of Oklahoma's Incarcerated Women and Their Children" Read more . . .

OU College of Liberal Studies News & Events
Free film screening, panel to discuss issues surrounding Oklahoma’s high female incarceration rate
Women Behind Bars: The Voices of Oklahoma’s Incarcerated Women and their Children” film screening and panel discussion. Read more . . .

Oklahoma Gazette - Bar examination
University of Oklahoma students go to prison for the documentary ‘Women Behind Bars.’
Oklahoma ranks No. 1 in not only football, but for incarcerating females — 132 women per every 100,000 people in 2009. The national average is 68, according to a state Department of Corrections report. Read more . . .

Oklahoma - A Filmmaker’s Foray
A young documentarian explores Oklahoma’s female incarceration epidemic
Amina Benalioulhaj is obsessed with the intersection of women and prisons. These are the stars of the 21-year-old University of Oklahoma student’s documentary, Women Behind Bars, which focuses attention on Oklahoma’s failure to address the nation’s highest female incarceration rate. Read more . . .