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Legal Division

The Legal Division of the General Counsel's Office is comprised of the General Counsel, four Assistant General Counsels, and support staff. The attorneys represent the agency in employment-related cases, review all formal discipline action, defend the agency in lawsuits filed by inmates, assist the Litigation Division and the Criminal Appeals Division of the Attorney General's Office in representation of the agency and its employees, assist agency employees in preparing for depositions and trial, oversee the submission of agency administrative rules until finalized by the Office of Administrative Rules in the Secretary of State's office, assist the Risk Management Division of OMES, review all contracts and DOC policies and procedures, provide legal advice to the Board of Corrections, the Director and other agency employees, process all subpoenas duces tecum and open record request, and oversee law library content at DOC facilities and inmates access to courts.


Administrative Review Authority

The Administrative Review Unit is responsible for reviewing, investigating and responding to inmate misconduct and grievance appeals, which are submitted for final review. This review is considered to be the last step in the internal administrative process. Inmates are required to exhaust their administrative remedies prior to filing litigation in the court system. The review conducted at both the facility and departmental level assists in preventing unnecessary litigation. Hundreds of inmate letters are received in Administrative Review every year with a response forwarded for each one received. This unit is also responsible for conducting training for all staff involved in the disciplinary process, and continually conducts pre-service training in the disciplinary and grievance processes. The unit serves as a contact point for field staff, family members and legislators who have questions regarding the department's disciplinary process and grievance process.

Mark Knutson, Manager 

Address:
3400 Martin Luther King Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73111-4298

Phone: 
(405) 425-2682

Fax: 
(405)425-2683

Stacey Collins, Administrative Review Specialist (misconduct)
Phone: (405) 425-2581

Amandia Callen, Administrative Review Specialist (grievance)
Phone: (405) 425-2680