• Tulsa teacher honored for creating 'Poetic Justice' program for incarcerated women

    By: Lynn Casey


    Story Highlights

    • Ellen Stackable is a Tulsa-area teacher.
    • She created a program for incarcerated women called Poetic Justice.
    • Stackable has been named a 2018 CNN Hero and could win $100,000 for the program.


    TULSA, Okla. - Ellen Stackable, a Tulsa-area teacher, is being honored for her work in the creation of a program called Poetic Justice.

    She has been named one of 2018’s CNN Heroes and could win $100,000 for the program.

    Poetic Justice is a therapeutic writing course for incarcerated women. Oklahoma incarcerates more women than any other state in the nation.

    CNN: Locked up and learning to write, women prisoners find a safe space

    Stackable said the program teaches women to open up and process pain they’ve endured and learn how to cope with it in productive ways. It helps them begin to create a plan for their future once they are out of the prison system.

    She said Poetic Justice has helped give women hope for the future, which keeps them from reoffending and ending up back in prison.

    The program is at every institution in Oklahoma that houses women, including the Tulsa County Jail.

    Stackable said she wants to expand the program to more county jails if she wins the CNN Heroes money.

    Voting for the CNN Heroes program is available online.

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