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  • ODOC honors 19 staff at 2017 Employee Awards ceremony

    2017 Employee Award winners OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Department of Corrections held its annual Employee Awards ceremony Nov. 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Will Rogers Theatre in Oklahoma City.   Read More...

  • CORRECTED: OSP boiler fails - Hot water out in 2 inmate quads

    MCALESTER, Okla. -- A 30-year-old boiler failed Wednesday at Oklahoma State Penitentiary, causing a hot water outage in two inmate quads within H-unit.The Oklahoma Department of Corrections, which operates the prison, has located a replacement for the gas-fired boiler, which will cost about $25,000, said Matt Elliott, DOC spokesman.Hot water service will be out until as late as Monday, when crews are expected to have the new boiler installed. The affected quads house 121 inmates."The outage mean...  Read More...

  • Inmate Phone Outage Reported at Lexington Correctional Center - Service should return to affected units Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Okla. – Several housing units at Lexington Correctional Center are experiencing a phone outage due to an accidentally cut line.Phone service to housing units 4, 5 and 6 at LCC should be restored by Tuesday, Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Matt Elliott said.Crews repairing a facility water line cut the phone line unintentionally, Elliott said.Inmates can typically use unit phones to call loved ones or for other approved purposes.No other impacts are expected from the outag...  Read More...

  • Tulsa World Article - Ginnie Graham: Years after single mom got 12 years for selling $31 weed, Oklahoma is still No. 1 for locking up women

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  • Sunday visitation canceled at Jackie Brannon, OSP

    MCALESTER, Okla. -- Officials at Jackie Brannon Correctional Center and Oklahoma State Penitentiary have canceled Sunday visitation at the two facilities.The cancellation is due to the city of McAlester 's plans to shut off water service Sunday to repair damage from a fire that occurred yesterday as the city repaired a broken water main.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday

    Chelsie Bennett - Walkaway from Turley Residential CenterBennett walked away Oct. 20 from the Turley Residential Center in Tulsa, where she was serving time for possession of controlled substances. DOC investigators believe Bennett, who is 5-feet 1-inch tall and weighs 150 pounds, is in the Tulsa area with her mom.   Read More...

  • McAlester Water Outage: 2 DOC facilities enact contingency plans

    MCALESTER -- A Friday water outage due to a broken city water line caused intermittent service at Oklahoma Department of Corrections' facilities Jackie Brannon Correctional Center and Oklahoma State Penitentiary.In response, the facilities' leadership enacted contingency plans to ensure staff and inmates can access potable water. Enough water has been obtained from the nearby city of Krebs and others in the area to last until tomorrow, and more is available if needed."Our facilities...  Read More...

  • Inmate walks away from Tulsa Transitional Center

    TULSA, Okla. --  Inmate Michael M. Watts was discovered missing at 9:11 p.m.   Read More...

  • Jackie Brannon Correctional Center escapee captured

    MCALESTER, Okla. -- Inmate Joe D. Andrus has been apprehended after coming up missing during a 10 a.m.   Read More...

  • Inmate walks away from Jackie Brannon Correctional Center

    MCALESTER, Okla. -- Inmate Joe D. Andrus was discovered missing during a 10 a.m.   Read More...

  • Gas service restored at OKCCCC

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Crews have restored gas service at Oklahoma City Community Corrections Center, Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Matt Elliott said Tuesday night.Heat to the rooms and for hot water was returning, Elliott said. Gas service had been out since Saturday, when someone smelled natural gas outside the facility.DOC supplied OKCCCC's more than 250 female inmates with space heaters and carbon monoxide detectors so they could keep warm until service was restored. Hot plates ...  Read More...

  • OCCC Gas Outage Continues

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City Community Corrections Center remained without gas service Monday, as crews were still searching for the leak that afternoon.Oklahoma Department of Corrections staff have been able to provide the facility's more than 250 female inmates with hot meals thanks to large hotplates the department had located.Space heaters and carbon monoxide detectors in inmates' rooms were all functioning without issue, allowing its inmates to stay warm safely.The Oklahoma Depart...  Read More...

  • Gas leak reported at Oklahoma City Community Corrections Center

    Service to be out until at least MondayOKLAHOMA CITY - A gas leak was discovered late Saturday afternoon at Oklahoma City Community Corrections Center.Oklahoma Natural Gas was called after someone noticed a suspicious odor outside the facility, DOC spokesman Matt Elliott said. ONG crews responded promptly and confirmed a leak, but its location is unknown.For safety, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, which operates the center, has turned off gas service to the facility, located at 315 W. In...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday

    Donna Reyes - Escapee from Turley Residential CenterReyes escaped from the Turley Residential Center on Oct. 7, where  she was serving time for possession of controlled dangerous substances. Reyes, who is 5’3” and 154 pounds, is believed to be in the Oklahoma City area.If you have any information on her location, please call our escapee  hotline at (866) 363-1119.   Read More...

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    Oklahoma Correctional Industries Furnishes New Medical Examiner Building

    The state medical examiner's office had a ribbon cutting today on their new facility - replete with furnishings sturdily built by OCI inmates! OCI is a division of DOC that helps give inmates job skills and other abilities to help them earn a living legitimately once they leave prison. http://www.ocisales.com/   Read More...

  • DOC, OKC PD arrest correctional officer charged with lewd acts with a child, rape

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections and Oklahoma City police have arrested a correctional officer for 11 felony counts, including first-degree rape and forcible oral sodomy.DOC Fugitive Apprehension & Investigations agents and police took Cpl. Christopher Adams into custody Friday and booked him into Oklahoma County jail. Adams faces one count of first-degree rape; eight counts of lewd, indecent acts with a child under 16, and two counts of forcible oral sodomy.“We have co...  Read More...

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    Two DOC honor guard members will participate in NC correctional officers memorial services

    The daily danger our brothers and sisters in the corrections business face defies explanation - but their courage merits our deepest respect. We salute our staff, and the staff of our fellow departments across the country, who do their jobs selflessly each day, protecting their communities, fellow staff and the inmates sentenced to their custody - all for little thanks or pay. (Priority is important – communities first, fellow staff second, inmates last).To do honor to this commitment, DOC is se...  Read More...

  • DOC Director Calls for Immediate Action on State Budget

    In Oklahoma, it is more likely that people will come into contact with law enforcement than treatment. The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is grossly underfunded, as is the Department of Corrections. Budget cuts will only exacerbate Oklahoma’s mental health and addiction crises and will increase an already overpopulated criminal justice system.Today, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections has 26,934 inmates incarcerated, another 1,347 awaiting reception and 34,932 offend...  Read More...

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    DOC Names New Communications Director

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has appointed Matt Elliott as Communications Director, the department announced Monday.Elliott was appointed to the position after the resignation of Mark Myers. Elliott will serve as DOC's chief spokesperson, and manage the department's day-to-day internal and external communications. He joined DOC Sept.   Read More...

  • Sex Offender Registration and Compliance Conference Held Thursday

    SHAWNEE – Nearly 200 Oklahoma law enforcement personnel attended Oklahoma Department of Corrections Sex Offender Registry training seminar Thursday at the Gordon Cooper Technology Center.The first training of its kind held by DOC, topics included trauma-informed correctional care, drug-endangered children, using the sex offender registry, human trafficking and relationship building among agencies.Staff attended from agencies ranging from sheriff’s offices, district attorney’s offices and the U.S...  Read More...

  • Tulsa World Editorial: Unlike the Legislature, State Prison Boss Takes Responsibility

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  • Oklahoma Inmate Release Plan a Result of DOC Frustration

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  • DOC Unveils Community Supervision Program

    CUSHING, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has established the Community Supervision Program (CSP), part of major departmental efforts to alleviate systemwide overcrowding. ODOC officials unveiled CSP Tuesday during the Board of Corrections meeting at the Cimarron Correctional Facility. A selection of nonviolent, minimum-security offenders within 18 months of completing their sentences will be admitted into the strict, outside-prison-walls supervision program.   Read More...

  • Volunteers, Inmates Raise Walls, Roof of New Prison Chapel

    BOLEY – A crew of inmates, volunteers and two state lawmakers completed the walls and set the roof trusses of the John H. LilleyCorrectional Center’s new 5,000 square-foot chapel this week.Kansas-based World Mission Builders is constructing thechapel at no cost to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, which operates theminimum-security prison. Sens.   Read More...

  • DOC Sets New System Population Record

    Oklahoma City - August 31, 2017 the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) set another population record with 63,009 people in the department's system. This is the third significant population development within the agency in less than a year. “As you’ll remember on December 16, 2016  we reached 61,012 in our system for the first time in our state’s correctional system history and on April 26, 2017 we announced another record of 62,000,” said DOC Director ...  Read More...

  • Director Allbaugh Statement Regarding OHP Lt. Heath Meyer

    “Today we celebrated the life of OHP Lieutenant Heath Meyer. Lieutenant Meyer gave the ultimate sacrifice carrying out his sworn duty to protect the public. He lived a life of service as a state trooper, and he changed lives as a pastor serving the spiritual needs of his community.   Read More...

  • Cimarron Correctional Facility Incident Under Investigation

    Cushing, Oklahoma - On May 16, 2017 around 9:00pm an inmate at the Cimarron Correctional Facility refused to comply with orders, and a correctional officer deployed pepper spray. Several inmates assaulted the officer, and other correctional officers who responded to assist. The incident quickly came to an end when more pepper spray was deployed.Five staff members were injured, and taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated and released for their injuries, no inmates were injured.The inci...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma Department of Corrections commemorates 50th Anniversary

    Oklahoma City--The Oklahoma Department of Corrections commemorates its 50th Anniversary Monday, May 8 with a special ceremony in the Senate chambers at the Oklahoma State Capitol beginning at 1 p.m.The ODOC was established in 1967, and is responsible for the administration of the state prison system.“Much has changed in our society over the course of 50 years,” said ODOC Director Joe Allbaugh. “But one thing remains constant, and that is the hard work of our employees who put their lives on the ...  Read More...

  • ODOC Population at 62,000 - Another agency population record

    Oklahoma City - On April 25, 2017 during the monthly Board of Corrections meeting at the Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy, Oklahoma ODOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh informed board members that the agency had a record number of individuals in the system. "Today we have 62,000 in our system," said Director Allbaugh.   Read More...

  • Wanted Fugitive Captured

    Oklahoma City - On April 12, 2017 wanted fugitive Andre Neal (d.o.b. 11/18/1982) was captured in Oklahoma City by Oklahoma Department of Corrections (ODOC) fugitive agents with the Office of Inspector General. Neal was arrested in the 6400-block of NW Expressway at a motel with assistance from the Oklahoma City Police Department and the U.S.   Read More...

  • Mark Myers Named Oklahoma DOC Communications Director

    Oklahoma City – Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh has named longtime media relations professional and former Oklahoma City reporter Mark Myers as the agency’s communications director. Myers will begin his role with the agency on Monday, April 10. Myers replaces Alex Gerszewski, who has been acting communications director. Gerszewski will join Attorney General Mike Hunter’s office as his press secretary on Monday, April 3. As communicatio...  Read More...

  • Mabel Bassett Security Chief Receives Patriot Award from the Department of Defense Employer Support

    McLoud – Today, Mabel Bassett Correctional Center (MBCC) Chief of Security Treena Lorentz, received the Service Member Patriot Award from the Department of Defense (DOD) Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR).The award reflects efforts made by supervisors to support active duty or reserve military personnel through flexible schedules, time off before and after a deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Jo...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma DOC to Host Career Fair at SWOSU Campus in Sayre

    Sayre – Recruiters with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) will host a career fair at the administration building at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) campus in Sayre on Tuesday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Interested applicants are asked to bring a form of identification and a resume if available.   Read More...

  • Oklahoma DOC Director Announces Agency Purchasing Freeze

    Oklahoma City – Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Joe M. Allbaugh has instituted a purchasing freeze to take effect immediately. The announcement is the third administrative action undertaken in less than three weeks to save the agency money.The freeze excludes items deemed critical to day-to-day operations at facilities including food, medical supplies, healthcare treatment and most safety equipment.   Read More...

  • Oklahoma DOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh Cancels 10 County Jail Contracts

    Oklahoma City – Today, Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Joe M. Allbaugh sent letters to 10 county jail administrators announcing the cancellation of their contracts with the agency.  The move is expected to save the DOC an estimated $775,000 by the end of the fiscal year.   Read More...

  • Oklahoma DOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh Comments on the Passing of Friend and Colleague Mike McCarville

    Oklahoma City - Today, Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh released the following statement on the passing of Mike McCarville, who was a family friend and colleague.“Mike McCarville was a great family man and close personal friend who was an inspiration to me and many others. I had the honor of first meeting him when we worked on a campaign together in the ‘80s.   Read More...

  • Top 15 Fugitive Back in Custody

    Tulsa – A joint task force brought down Jessie Allen last night, who was added to the Top 15 Fugitive list last month.Members of the task force tracked Allen to the Midtown Tulsa area near 25th and Sheridan. When Allen heard the police helicopter and agents surrounding his location, he fled. After a short foot chase, an agent was able to apprehend him.The task force was a combination of agents with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Tulsa Police D...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma Department of Corrections Launches New Online Inmate Lookup

    Oklahoma City – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has launched a new and improved online inmate lookup for public use. The site contains new features allowing the release of more accurate information regarding inmates sentenced to state prisons. The new format also allows for comprehensive searches of all inmates by appearance, facility or sentence. The project was undertaken in-house and built by current IT staff from the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Service...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma DOC Graduates First Academy Under New Standards and Format

    Healdton - Today, at a graduation ceremony, officials at the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) commissioned 43 new correctional officers. The graduation was the inaugural class to go through the Wilson Training Center under the department's new centralized academy format and training standards. Although unable to attend, Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh congratulated the newly minted officers saying their service to the citizens of the state is needed and greatly appreciated...  Read More...

  • Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh Issues Agency Hiring Freeze

    Oklahoma City – Today, Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) Director Joe M. Allbaugh announced a hiring freeze effective immediately for the majority of the agency.The action is the first of potentially many changes agency officials plan to undertake in order to close the recently announced budget shortfall. The freeze excludes correctional officers, probation and parole officer, medical professionals and food service workers. There are currently 348 vacant positions that will go u...  Read More...

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