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Overview

ODOC's General Counsel advises and represents the Director, Oklahoma Board of Corrections, and ODOC administrators on all legal matters pertaining to the agency, its staff and inmates, including litigation, personnel, operations, contracts and policy. The General Counsel oversees ODOC's Legal Division, which includes the agency's Assistant General Counsels, associated support staff, PREA Coordinator and the Administrative Review Authority.

Administration
and Contacts

Gary L. Elliott
General Counsel

Address:
3400 Martin Luther King Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73111-4298

Phone:  (405) 425-2515

Dustie Haney
Legal Assistant

Charles Shepherd
Administrative Assistant

Misty Haydel
Records Management Specialist

Any employee desiring representation must complete this form in its digital format and send it via email to legal@doc.ok.gov or via mail to:

Office of the General Counsel
3400 N. Martin Luther King Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
 
Request for Representation

Open Records Requests: send your request via email to openrecords@doc.ok.gov or via mail to:

Office of the General Counsel
3400 N. Martin Luther King Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Open Records Request Forms and Releases


Legal Division

The Legal Division of the General Counsel's Office consists of the General Counsel, Assistant General Counsels and support staff. These attorneys represent the Oklahoma Department of Corrections in employment-related cases; review all formal disciplinary action; defend the agency in lawsuits; assist the Litigation Division and Criminal Appeals Division of the Attorney General's Office in representing ODOC and its employees; assist agency employees in preparing for depositions and trials; oversee submission of agency administrative rules until finalized by the Office of Administrative Rules in the Secretary of State's office; assist the Risk Management Division of Office of Management and Enterprise Services; review all contracts, DOC policies and procedures; advise the Board of Corrections, ODOC Director and agency employees; process all subpoenas duces tecum and open records requests; and oversee law library content at DOC facilities, and inmates' access to courts.


Administrative
Review Authority

The Administrative Review Unit reviews, investigates and responds to inmate misconduct and grievance appeals submitted for final review. This review is considered the final step in the internal administrative process. Inmates must exhaust their administrative remedies before filing litigation. Reviews conducted at the facility and departmental levels help prevent unnecessary litigation. Hundreds of inmate letters are received in Administrative Review each year along with a response forwarded for each one received. This unit also trains all staff involved in disciplinary and grievance processes. It also is a contact point for field staff, family members and legislators with questions on such processes.

PREA

The PREA Unit is responsible for ODOC’s efforts in compliance with federal laws to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual assault and sexual harassment within correctional settings. These goals are accomplished through yearly assessments at each ODOC facility, providing support to PREA Compliance Managers at each facility and working with training personnel to establish training curriculum and train staff, contractors and volunteers. The PREA Unit facilitates compliance audits at all ODOC facilities and compiles agency wide data on sexual assault and harassment. The aggregate data and audit results are published on the ODOC website and used to implement further compliance with PREA Standards.

Attorneys

Employee Name
Title
Phone Number
Margie Weaver
Assistant General Counsel
(405) 425-2515
Elizabeth Vincent
Assistant General Counsel
(405) 425-2515
Erik Motsinger
Assistant General Counsel
(405) 425-2515
Benjamin Betts
Assistant General Counsel
(405) 425-2515


PREA

Employee Name
Title
Phone Number
Carla King
Acting PREA Manager
(405) 425-7160


Administrative Review Authority

Fax: (405) 425-2683

Employee NameTitlePhone Number
Mark Knutson
Manager

(405) 425-2682 

Stacey Collins
Administrative Review Specialist (misconducts)
(405) 425-2581
Amandia Callen
Administrative Review Specialist (grievances)
(405) 425-2680


Contact DOC

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


Mailing
PO Box 11400
Oklahoma City, OK  73136-0400


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


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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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