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Oklahoma State Penitentiary

Oklahoma State Penitentiary

Facility Overview

Oklahoma State Penitentiary is a male maximum-security prison in McAlester. The facility has five housing units - one for death row inmates, two for medium-security inmates and two for general population.

Built in 1908, OSP is the oldest prison in Oklahoma. Its first structure included temporary housing for the inmates who were building the facility, the first of whom arrived in 1909.

The first buildings were the West Cellhouse and Administration Building. A rotunda and East Cellhouse were built later, as well as F Cellhouse. A Special Care Unit opened in 1992. 



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

Criminal Thinking

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

Specialized Units

OSP is home to Oklahoma’s death row unit for male inmates.

It features a 24-7 infirmary, which provides medical care for inmates who need intensive monitoring and treatment.

OSP also offers the Step-Down Program for newly arrived, maximum-security inmates who would like to earn their way to a lower security level. Its programming addresses criminal thinking and encourages pro-social behaviors.

Contacting Inmates


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

Example: OSP
                 Inmate’s name, number and housing assignment (if known)
                 P.O. Box 97
                 McAlester, OK 74502-0097


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


All visitors are processed at the Unit H entrance. Parking is just outside Unit H in the west parking lot.

Medium Security – Units D and E 
Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
State Holidays 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Maximum Security – Units A and C 
Unit A 
Saturday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

State holidays 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

If the holiday is a two-day holiday, Unit A will have the first day of the holiday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Unit C
Sunday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

State holidays 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

If the holiday is a two-day holiday, Unit C will have the second day of the holiday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Maximum Security – Unit H 
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

All state holidays 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

All visits for inmates assigned to Unit H are non-contact and only for inmates approved for visitation.

Visitation Period

Inmates may not return to the visiting room for an additional visit once they have completed their visits and returned to their unit. Their visitation time will be over until the next period the following week. 

Visits with Attorneys of Record

Each inmate will be allowed the same general visiting privileges with his attorney subject to Section III, items A and C of this policy. Attorneys are encouraged to visit their clients during normal visiting hours. With advance notice, attorneys may visit during non-visiting hours.

Special / Extended Visits

Special visits will be allowed for instances including visits from persons who have come long distances, volunteers or team members identified by staff who have partnered with ODOC in re-entry services when the visit will aid in the re-entry process, visits to hospitalized inmates, visits in disciplinary status (attorney visits/clergy only), and visits between clergy and social service agency representatives, etc. 

Ministers / Religious Leaders

Special visits for ministers/religious leaders as defined in OP-030112 entitled “Religious Programs” are to be professional and are provided for inmates with whom the minister/religious leader has a ministerial relationship. All special minister/religious leader special visits will be scheduled in advance (unless an emergency exists) through the facility or unit head. 

Special Visit Length and Conditions

Length and conditions of special visits will be determined by the Warden. Special visits for terminally ill inmates will be in accordance with OP-140146 “Palliative Care Program."

Such visitors will be subject to a National Crime Information Center check when requested by the Warden or Deputy Warden. Only the Warden or Deputy Warden will have the authority to approve special visits. Special visit requests must be completed before weekend or holiday visits. Special visits will count towards the total number of visits.

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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