The Oklahoma State Penitentiary (OSP) is a male, maximum-security prison located in McAlester. The facility has five housing units - one for death row inmates, two for medium security and for general population.
OSP was built in 1908 and is the oldest prison facility in the state. Its first structure included temporary quarters to house the inmates who would build the facility. It housed the first inmates in 1909.
The first buildings were the West Cellhouse and Administration Building. A rotunda and East Cellhouse arrived later, as well as F Cellhouse. A Special Care Unit opened in 1992. H Unit, which houses Oklahoma’s death row, the state’s death chamber, and disciplinary segregation inmates, is the newest part of the facility.
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 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
State Holidays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Maximum Security – Units A and C
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
State Holidays 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
If holiday is a two day holiday, Unit A will be first day of holiday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
State Holidays 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
If holiday is a two day holiday, Unit C will be second day of holiday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Maximum Security – Unit H
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
All state holidays 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
All visits for inmates assigned to Unit H are non-contact and only for inmates approved for visitation.
Once an inmate has been brought up to the visiting room, completed his visit and returned to his unit, he will not be allowed to go back to the visiting room for an additional visit. His visitation period is concluded until the next visiting period the following week.
Visits with Attorneys of Record
Subject to the provisions of Section III. items A and C of this procedure, each inmate will be allowed the same general visiting privileges with his attorney. Attorneys are encouraged to visit their clients during normal visiting hours. With advance notice, attorneys may visit during non-visiting hours.
Special / Extended Visits
OSP will have special visits Special visits include visits from persons who have come long distances, volunteers or team members identified by staff that have partnered with DOC 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 in nature 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 situation exists) through the facility/unit head.
Special Visit Length and Conditions
The length and conditions of any special visit will be determined by the Warden. Special visits for terminally ill inmates will be handled in accordance with OP-140146 entitled “Palliative Care Program”. Such visitors will be subject to a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) check when such a check is requested by the Warden or a Deputy Warden. Only the Warden or a Deputy Warden will have the authority to approve a special visit. Special visit requests must be completed prior to weekend or holiday visits. Special visits will count towards the total number of visits.