In 2013, Robyn Allen received a 20-year sentence for trafficking in illegal drugs. She says she sold methamphetamine to support her family after a back injury left her without work. But the reasons Allen started using the drug run much deeper.

In spite of taking measures to reduce its long-standing record as the No. 1 incarcerator of women in the country, Oklahoma keeps locking up women at more than twice the national average. Oklahoma incarcerates 151 out of every 100,000 women, often giving harsh sentences for nonviolent drug crimes. This has taken its toll on several generations of women in the state.

Emily Harger is a filmmaker and photojournalist with a passion for documenting social and economic issues in rural America. She recently graduated from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication with a focus in photojournalism. She has interned at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Kertis Creative, where she produced storytelling campaigns for Kentucky nonprofits. She is a regular contributor to Fly Over Media, a cultural education nonprofit that produces content for rural and underrepresented communities. In 2015, she was a finalist in the Hearst Journalism Awards’ National Photojournalism Championship news and feature category.

Olivia Merrion is a producer and documentary filmmaker who has produced online videos for NPR, PBS, Recode, the Associated Press, Discovery Communications, and Slate, among others. She attended James Madison University, where she earned her degree in digital video and cinema. Her capstone film received honors from the Broadcast Education Association and won the Audience Choice Award at the Virginia Student Film Festival. After graduating, she worked in Washington, D.C., as a freelance shooter and editor for NPR and other media outlets. In late 2015, she joined the creative studio collective 1504 as a contributing producer.