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  • Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh Comments on Revenue Failure

    Oklahoma DOC ordered to cut $2.964 million  OKLAHOMA CITY – Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh released the following statement on the revenue failure announced today at the Board of Equalization meeting. The revenue failure will require the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to cut $2.964 million. “Today’s announcement comes at a time when our state prisons are severely understaffed, well over capacity and have in excess of $2 billion in infrastructure needs. ...  Read More...

  • Jessie Allen Added to Top 15 Fugitive List, Suspected to be in Tulsa or Sapulpa

    Intel: Allen may be dressed as a woman  OKLAHOMA CITY – Agents with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Office of the Inspector General have added Jessie Allen to the Top 15 Fugitive list. Allen, 36, was serving an eight-year sentence for concealing stolen property and possession of methamphetamine. He was released on probation in September 2016. Allen was listed as an absconder by his probation officer in January after failing to make contact. Fugitive agents have gather...  Read More...

  • New Lead Develops on Top 15 Fugitive in Eastern Oklahoma

    Inspector general fugitive apprehension agents tap  U.S. Marshals Service, local law enforcement for support TULSA – Fugitive apprehension agents with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ (DOC) Office of the Inspector General have generated new leads on Edmund Owens, who has been on the run for over two years after failing to report to his parole officer. Owens was once considered a cold case. However, after several recent tips and interviews with known associates, ...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma Department of Corrections Opens New Training Center, Centralizing Academies

    WILSON – The inaugural correctional officer training academy at the new Wilson Training Center began this week for recruits who will serve at prisons across the state.  Located on 35 acres, the training center is owned by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) and is being utilized for classroom instruction and physical fitness for recruits. The training center was the former Carter County Work Center before the DOC consolidated the 15 work centers in July. The facility is ...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma DOC Correctional Officers and Bloodhound Nab Wanted Sex Offender after Manhunt

    SPIRO – A request for assistance on a manhunt from the Le Flore County Sheriff’s Office to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) K-9 Unit has led to the arrest of Colton Potter, who was wanted for failure to register as a sex offender. Last night, a tip led Le Flore County Sheriff's deputies to a mobile home where Potter was seen. When law enforcement knocked on the door, Potter ran out of the back into a nearby wooded area.     Authorities set up roadb...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma Corrections Board Approves Warden Appointment, Recognizes Agency Promotions

    LEXINGTON – Today, at the monthly corrections board meeting, the board approved the appointment of a new warden at the John Lilley Correctional Center, and recognized promotions of the director for the Oklahoma Correctional Industries and two new assistant district supervisors for probation and parole services. The appointments and promotions are what Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh called deserving for the men and women who have spent their careers with the department. &ldq...  Read More...

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    Oklahoma City Fugitive Added to DOC Top 15 Most Wanted

    James King (184060) walked away from Clara  Waters Community Corrections Center Dec. 24 OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections Office of the Inspector General has added James King to its list of top 15 most wanted fugitives. On Dec. 24, King, 45, was not accounted for during a routine facility inmate count at the Clara Waters Community Corrections Center in Oklahoma City. Officials performed an emergency count and search of facility grounds.   Read More...

  • Dick Conner Correctional Officers Intercept Contraband Drop

    Contraband items were sealed inside footballs and basketballs HOMINY – A correctional officer at the Dick Conner Correctional Center caught an inmate attempting to smuggle in one of the largest attempted contraband drops of the year on Dec. 25.At approximately 8 p.m., the correctional officer saw inmate Marcus Mitchell (670365) walking across a common area inside the facility with a large bag filled with items. When the officer stopped Mitchell, he gave up the bag without inciden...  Read More...

  • Dick Conner Correctional Center Concludes Inaugural Community Bicycle Drawing

    HOMINY – This week, members of the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) at the Dick Conner Correctional Center (DCCC) surprised Jimmy Hamilton at Hominy Middle School by naming him the winner of the inaugural Community Bicycle Drawing. Earlier this year, CERT members came up with the idea to give back to the community by creating the Community Bicycle Drawing to reward a local student with a bicycle during the Christmas season. The drawing invited faculty and staff from Hom...  Read More...

  • Two Shakedowns at the Jackie Brannon Dairy Farm Produces Cellphones, Tobacco and Marijuana

    MCALESTER – Two shakedowns performed by correctional officers and two K-9s at the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center (JBCC) dairy farm led authorities to a sizeable contraband haul. During the first search, performed on Dec. 14, officials found five duffel bags containing 57 cellphone chargers, 35 cellphones, four portable battery chargers, three ear pieces, one handheld satellite radio, two syringes, four books of rolling papers, six lighters, a one gallon bag of coffee, 170 grams of...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma DOC Population Surpasses 61,000 Individuals for First Time in Agency History

    Officials: immediate action needed OKLAHOMA CITY – For the first time in the 49 year history of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, the population of individuals who are incarcerated, on supervision or are currently in a county jail awaiting transfer has surpassed 61,000 this week. Today’s system wide count is 61,012. There are 26,619 inmates being housed in state-run and private prisons or halfway houses; 32,564 being supervised on GPS monitors, community supervis...  Read More...

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    Oklahoma DOC Office of the Inspector General seeks Public's Help in Locating Mariah Havas

    Sources to fugitive agents: Havas is pregnant, using and selling drugs in the area MUSKOGEE – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is asking for public assistance in locating Mariah Havas (713422), who walked away from the Center Point halfway house in Tulsa in April. Fugitive apprehension agents with the OIG have tracked Havas and believe she is hiding in the Muskogee area and is making frequent trips to Tulsa. Agents who gathered int...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma DOC Hosts Employee Awards Ceremony

    EDMOND – Today, employees and volunteers with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections were recognized at the agency’s annual awards ceremony at the Edmond Fire Training Center. Corrections staff and volunteer organizations that mentor and provide services to inmates from across the state attended the event.Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh commended the department’s more than 4,000 employees, thanking them for their service to protecting the citizens of the state. He also thanked the agen...  Read More...

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    Prank Phone Call Leads to Arrest of a top 15 Fugitive - Wesley Ross back in custody after more than a year on the run

    TULSA – Fugitive apprehension agents with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) Office of the Inspector General arrested Wesley Ross on Wednesday, only a week after being added to the agency’s Top 15 Fugitive list.Intelligence gathered on Ross made it known he was looking for a labor job paying cash. An agent with the DOC Inspector General’s office began communicating with Ross late last week, telling him he was his new parole officer. The agent, posing as the parole officer, informe...  Read More...

  • Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh Statement on the 75th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Today, Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh released the following statement on the 75th anniversary of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, on Wednesday, Dec. 7.“Tomorrow, we reflect on a solemn day where more than 2,000 heroic Americans lost their lives and another 1,000 were injured in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor.   Read More...

  • Apprehended: Oklahoma DOC Top 15 Fugitive, Joshua Ward, Back in Custody

    TULSA – Fugitive apprehension agents with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) Office of the Inspector General arrested Joshua Ward on Friday after an anonymous tip led to his location. In addition to the tip, the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office provided intelligence that helped track down Ward. He was apprehended without incident at a bus stop at 3500 S. Sheridan. Ward’s apprehension came only two days after he was placed on the DOC’s Top 15 Fugitive list.   Read More...

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