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Joseph Harp Correctional Center

Joseph Harp Correctional Center

Facility Overview

Joseph Harp Correctional Center (JHCC), a medium-security prison for men, opened in 1978 on the site of a World War II-era U.S. Navy firing range in Lexington. The prison’s namesake, Joseph Harp, was an Oklahoma State Reformatory warden from 1949 to 1969, where he started the nation's first fully accredited high school education program in a prison.

JHCC is home to ODOC’s male Mental Health Unit, as well as its Youthful Offender Program. The facility has a capacity of more than 1,300 inmates.



Most inmates lack education, a key component in avoiding re-incarceration. JHCC offers literacy courses as well as Pre-High School Equivalency and High School Equivalency diplomas.

College courses (not provided through state funding) are also available to inmates who can pay for them, or those who have alternative funding or scholarships.

Substance Abuse Treatment

Nearly all state inmates have some form of substance abuse problem, and for many, that problem is closely related to their criminal behavior. To counteract this, JHCC's programming teaches inmates ways to avoid relapse and helps them develop cognitive, social, emotional and coping skills.

Criminal Thinking

JHCC offers Thinking for a Change, Moral Reconation Therapy, and Associates 4 Success programs to address the thinking, judgment errors, and relationships linked with criminal thinking/behavior.

Specialized Units

A 24-7 infirmary provides medical care for those requiring intensive monitoring and treatment. A medical unit houses inmates whose conditions need routine monitoring and ongoing medical care. A mental health unit treats inmates with serious mental illnesses that prevent them from living in the general population.

Other units include the youthful offender program for individuals under 18 and adjudicated as adults.

Contacting Inmates


Inmates can receive mail at any time. Include their name, DOC number and housing assignment if known in the address.

Example: JHCC
                 Inmate’s name, number and housing assignment (if known)
                 P.O. Box 548
                 Lexington, OK 73051-0548


Visitation hours vary by each facility. An inmate's security level dictates how many hours he or she may visit with approved visitors.

Normal visiting days are Saturdays and Sundays, as well as all state holidays. The number of hours an inmate may visit varies according to their level. State holidays that fall on Monday through Friday are free visiting days.

Inmates who visit for any length of time during a scheduled visit period will be considered to have visited the entire visiting period, regardless of when the visitor arrived.

Important Note:

All inmate visitors must submit a “Visitor Request Form." You can download a copy here, or request one from the facility.

Background checks will be completed on everyone 18 or older. The inmate will notify you when the process is complete. The approval process takes approximately 8 weeks once the Visitor Request Form has been returned to JHCC.

Visiting Hours

Level 1 - One hour per week starting at 9 a.m. Fridays

Level 2 - Two hours per week, Saturdays and Sundays

Visitor check in starts at 12:30 p.m. Level 2 inmates may have up to four two-hour visits.

Level 3 - Four hours per week starting at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Level 4 - Six hours per week starting at 9 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays


On state-recognized holidays, visiting hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Visitation Rules

Check-in begins typically at 8:30 a.m. To enter, visitors must arrive 1 1/2 hours before visitation is over. Visitors who've left visitation during count time (10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) may not re-enter until count clears.

Additional visitation rules may be found here.

For a list of approved attire for visitation, go here.

Segregated Housing Unit

Administrative Segregation and Protective Measures Inmates

Administrative Segregation and Protective Measures inmates may have a one-hour, non-contact visit per week with only the inmate’s mother, father, spouse, legal representative or clergy.

Disciplinary Segregation Inmates

Inmates serving time for Disciplinary Segregation (DU Time) may not have visitation while on the unit except for attorney and clergy visits.

Inmates in disciplinary detention for longer than 60 days will have the same visiting privileges as inmates in long-term Administration Segregation and Protective Measures.

Additional visitation rules may be found here.

For a list of approved attire for visitation, go here.

Contact DOC

Main Location
3400 North Martin Luther King Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73111-4298

PO Box 11400
Oklahoma City, OK  73136-0400

Phone: (405) 425-2500
Fax: (405) 425-2578

Contact ODOC

In compliance with the reporting requirements of 74 O.S. 3106.4[C], this agency is making known that it stores name, birth date, place of birth, mother’s maiden name, biometric records, Social Security number, official state or government issued driver license or identification number, alien registration number, government passport number, and employer or taxpayer identification numbers.   The personally identifiable data is stored both electronically and in confidential paper files.  The data is shared in compliance with court orders and agreements with other government bodies.

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