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StudioTulsa on Health: A Conversation with Brent Wolfe of the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau

Aired on Wednesday, November 13th.

On this edition of ST on Health, guest host John Henning Schumann conducts an interesting conversation with Brent Wolfe, director of the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau. Most of us probably already know that Oklahoma's incarceration rate is alarmingly high --- our state ranks a shameful third in the nation in this regard --- but what might not be as commonly known is that many of these incarcerated adults began to run afoul of the law as juvenile offenders. Working with such juveniles --- who tend to be (usually) aged 14, 15, or 16, with about 3/4 of them being male --- is Wolfe's core concern; he's a dedicated, intelligent, and compassionate professional who speaks with both candor and insight about working to assist these individuals --- and also, importantly, to likewise assist their families. As we can read of Wolfe's work, in a broader sense, at the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau's website: "The mission of the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau is to collaboratively promote and administer prevention, justice, and effective treatment in a fair, timely, and appropriate manner with dignity and respect for the needs of the children, youth, and families and for the safety of our community. Oklahoma developed one of the first juvenile courts in the county in 1909. In 1950, the Tulsa County Juvenile Court was established in its own facility and provided a judge specializing in juvenile law. In 1968, a juvenile center was built to house the courts and the supportive programs for the juvenile justice system. The programs of the Juvenile Bureau serve those youth and families involved in the juvenile courts, or [those] at risk for involvement."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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