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    New Agri-Services foals need a name

    VINITA, Okla. -- There are few things as magnificent as life unfolding right before your eyes. This foal is one of several born at Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center in Vinita. The Equine Breeding and Training Program was launched several years ago with rescued horses.   Read More...

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    Boot camp style program helps inmates fight addiction

    TAFT, Okla. -- The inmates are up long before the sun. Eddie Warrior inmate Sara Hagan-Ingle said, “We get up at 5:00 am every day.” This is the regimented treatment program at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center.   Read More...

  • NOCC walkaway found dead; suicide suspected

    VINITA, Okla. – Overnight, correctional officers at Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center discovered the body of walkaway Ricky Bauders. Officers found Bauders’ body behind an outdoor storage area on the edge of the minimum-security prison’s grounds.The building is near a hay field where ODOC K9 officers tracked him yesterday.ODOC investigators believe Bauders went to the storage area during a rainstorm overnight and took his own life.Both ODOC investigators and investigators ...  Read More...

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    Department of Corrections seeks hundreds of new correctional officers

    OKLAHOMA, Okla. -- Resignations and retirement are creating plenty of opportunities for anyone seeking a satisfying, adrenaline fueled, family friendly career in corrections. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections hopes to lure hundreds of qualified candidates to each of the agency’s Oklahoma prisons. State lawmakers just approved a sizable monthly salary bump for correctional officers. That-- coupled with an excellent benefits package and retirement plan are attractive incentive...  Read More...

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    Update on NOCC walkaway Ricky Bauders

    VINITA, Okla. – Oklahoma Department of Corrections staff and area law enforcement have been searching 24-7 since Ricky Bauders walked away from Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center on Tuesday.Searchers last saw Bauders, 52, near the minimum-security prison for men at around 7:40 a.m. Wednesday.   Read More...

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    ODOC searching for Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center walkaway

    VINITA, Okla. -- An inmate walked away from minimum-security Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center on Tuesday. Facility security staff and Oklahoma Department of Corrections Office of Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents were searching for Ricky Bauders. He was last seen running west away from the prison around 6 p.m. Bauders, 52, is described as 5-feet 9-inches tall, weighing about 189 pounds.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Develle Hamm

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Develle Hamm has been missing since July 20 after he jumped the fence at Carver Transitional Center. Hamm, 35, was serving a five-year sentence out of Oklahoma County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He is described as black, 5-feet 9-inches tall, weighing about 169 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has numerous tattoos covering his face, neck and chest. Aliases include “Loco Hamm.” Hamm’s criminal record stretches back to 1...  Read More...

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    Harvest yields wheat and opportunity for ODOC inmates

    HELENA, Okla. -- The fields of waving wheat are a classroom for Department of Corrections inmates. James Crabtree Correctional Center in Helena has a 500 acre wheat farm where inmates learn all about agriculture. Jimmy Wilson with the Agri-Services Division says Oklahoma’s Ag industry is “felon friendly”.   Read More...

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    ODOC employees rescue woman and her dog from burning home

    MCALESTER, Okla. -- Sgt. Shawn Painter and Sgt.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Charles E. Poe

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Charles Poe has a warrant out for his arrest for violating the terms of his parole. Poe paroled in 2015 on a 50-year Oklahoma County sentence for drug trafficking near a park or school. He has been listed as a “parole absconder” since Monday for failing to check in with his Probation and Parole officer as required. Poe, 48, is described as black, 5-feet 10-inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo on hi...  Read More...

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    Volunteers shine beacon of hope on MBCC inmates

    MCLOUD, Okla. -- There is light seeping in through the fractures of incarceration. The non-profit group Prison Fellowship brought a night of hope to Mabel Bassett Correctional Center.Teresa Stanfield is a former ODOC inmate who now has a passion for prison ministry.   Read More...

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    Prison canine has a real nose for cellphones

    PAULS VALLEY, Okla - The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has a growing family of narcotics and search dogs. But there is only one Riley! This mixed breed rescue has a unique gift. Certified with the National Police Canine Association, Riley is trained to hit on 22 distinct odors emitted from cellphones.   Read More...

  • ODOC searching for Jackie Brannon Correctional Center walkaway

    MCALESTER, Okla. – An inmate walked away late Saturday morning from minimum-security Jackie Brannon Correctional Center.Christopher Jacobs, at left, was discovered missing around 10 a.m. Jacobs, 39, is serving multiple Pittsburg County sentences for grand larceny, second-degree burglary, false impersonation, possession of stolen property and vehicle theft.Other facility inmates told ODOC staff that a vehicle picked up Jacobs and fled.   Read More...

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    Community Sentencing shows compassion over incarceration

    LAWTON, Okla. -- Oklahoma has the highest incarceration rate in the world. But Comanche County Judge Emmit Tayloe uses an innovative approach to reduce the prison population. Tayloe said, “Describe them as my kids, even some of the older participants.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Christopher G. Coffey

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Christopher G. Coffey never returned to Clara Waters Community Corrections Center after he left with a group of fellow inmates for church on July 11. Coffey, 29, was serving a 10-year sentence out of Stephens County for vehicle theft. His criminal background also includes a 2014 conviction for aggravated assault and battery. Coffey is described as white, 6-feet 2-inches tall, weighing about 270 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.   Read More...

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    Former inmates serves up coffee and second chances

    CLARMORE, Okla -- When the world was shouting “no” -- Rhonda Bear listened to the faint whisper of hope. “One day I had an idea to start a business. “ She said. A coffee shop, serving second chances.   Read More...

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    Unwanted dogs and inmates earn a second chance inside prison

    LEXINGTON, Okla. -- In Lexington, Oklahoma, redemption comes with a spirited bounce and enthusiastic tail. This rescue is one of many, being trained by Department of Corrections inmates. The “Friends for Folks” program began in 1989 and has become a model for the restoration of criminal offenders.   Read More...

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    ODOC Probation & Parole is dedicated to improving lives

    TULSA, Okla -- The Department of Corrections Probation and Parole department is a team of dedicated men and women. They are responsible for tracking more than 32-thousand offenders statewide. Jason Taylor and his team use sophisticated GPS technology to monitor location and watch for probation violations. Taylor said, “Our guys come in everyday and make sure these people are where they’re supposed to be.” Like most ODOC departments – these officers scale a daily...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Joshua A. Haase

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Joshua A. Haase has been a fugitive from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections since April for failing to report to his Probation and Parole Officer. Haase, 37, was paroled in January on a 15-year Murray County sentence for drug trafficking. His criminal record stretches back to 1999, and includes a Stephens County conviction for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Haase is described as white, 6-feet tall, weighing about 240 pounds, with black hair and g...  Read More...

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    Inmates "razzle dazzle" in annual marching contest

    ALVA, Okla – There is an unwavering pride at Charles E. “Bill” Johnson Correctional Center. Every year, the prison holds a marching competition.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Michael T. Brummett Jr.

    TULSA, Okla. -- Michael T. Brummett Jr.   Read More...

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    Cosmetology School shapes inmates behind the wire

    McLoud, Okla -- You cannot contain joy. These women have reason to celebrate. Inmate Shalene Groom said, “Prison wasn’t the end for me.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday – Christina R. Palmer

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Community Corrections Center inmate Christine R. Palmer walked away from church service Aug. 17 and has not been located since.Palmer, 37, was serving a six-year sentence out of Jackson County for false impersonation.   Read More...

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    A day in the life of LARC, Lexington Assessment & Reception Center

    LEXINGTON, Okla -- Even before the sun comes up, correctional officers get ready for the avalanche of criminal offenders.  This is the beginning of every inmate’s journey into the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.  4 days a week, prisoners are shuffled in and out of Lexington Assessment and Reception Center.   Read More...

  • ODOC investigating potential homicide of Davis Correctional Facility inmate

    HOLDENVILLE, Okla. – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is investigating the potential homicide of an inmate at Davis Correctional Facility. Rosco E. Craig, 23, at left, was found unresponsive around 9 a.m.   Read More...

  • Enid halfway house contract ending; inmates to be moved

    ENID, Okla. -- A halfway house in Enid contracted by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections will soon close its doors. On June 17, Catalyst Behavioral Services representatives informed ODOC they will terminate their contract to operate the halfway house. The halfway house, an ODOC contractor since 2011, is home to 86 female inmates nearing release. ODOC will move the women to other state facilities by mid-July when the contract ends. “Enid was a great location for the women ...  Read More...

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    Former inmate uses T-shirt cannon to fire contraband into prison

    SAYRE, OK -- Prison contraband is nothing new. Every year – the Oklahoma Department of Corrections confiscates a stockpile of illegal items -- potato skins to pot, shanks to cell phones, we have seen it all. Public Information Manager, Matt Elliott said, “When you have that demand you’re going to have people try to meet it.   Read More...

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    TEEM work makes the dream work

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla -- Alex Evitt is forging a new path for himself. The former Department of Corrections inmate is gainfully employed as an apprentice on the new Oklahoma City Convention Center. According to Evitt, “Years from now it’ll be kind of cool to tell my kids I did that and I did that.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Jennifer Rae White

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Jennifer Rae White's GPS ankle monitor was found cut outside of her Nash residence on Saturday, June 15.White, 25, was serving six-year probation and four-year incarceration sentences for false impersonation out of Garfield County when she removed her ankle monitor.White is described as 5-feet 5-inches tall, white, 189 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.The public should not approach White or attempt to apprehend her. Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline ...  Read More...

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    Oklahoma thunderstorm leads to a lifetime friendship behind the wire

    McLOUD, OK -- When severe weather rolls through Oklahoma – we rarely hear about the tiniest casualties.This is Grace. She’s almost a year old now, thanks to some inmates at Mabel Basset Correctional Center. Inmate Joy Kaulaity said, “It was last June when the weather was bad and stuff.   Read More...

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    Update on ODOC Director status, interim appointment

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Governor J. Kevin Stitt has appointed former Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ Chief of Operations Scott Crow as interim director of the state’s second-largest agency. Crow has been with the agency since April 1996, when he was hired as a Special Investigator Supervisor. Before ODOC, he worked in law enforcement in southwest Oklahoma, from officer-level up to leadership, including as a captain with the Comanche County Sheriff’s Department a...  Read More...

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    NFCC Inmates learn faith and character while incarcerated

    SAYRE, Okla –It’s almost inconceivable anyone could find peace and joy here. But Clemente Gibb’s heart is brimming with unwavering purpose.He is not the same gang member sentenced to life in prison. Gibb’s road to North Fork Correctional Center began with petty crime and probation – shoplifting in 1990.   Read More...

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    Correctional officer reunited with unlikely hero after 30 years

    McALESTER, Okla --Looking in the rearview mirror of life, JW Martin is the first to tell you, he probably shouldn’t be here. The OSP correctional officer was mauled by an attack dog during a training exercise in 1978. Martin recalled, “I thought I was gonna die, blood running everywhere.   Read More...

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    Several felons captured in OKC fugitive sting

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla -- Tasers, an arsenal of firepower, and bullet proof vests.The Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations unit is up with the sun, gearing up for a long and dangerous manhunt.So far this year, there have been 163 parole violators, escapees and prison walkaways. Agent Martin Reed said, “We had one guy let the battery die. He cut it off and wasn’t coming back until we caught him.”On one recent day, it was all hands on deck to round up a...  Read More...

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    Flooding at Jess Dunn Correctional Center chases cows to higher ground

    TAFT, Okla -- What was a path to the cattle pasture is now a road to nowhere. According to Terry Fry with Agri-Services, “I’ve never seen anything like this. I’ve been at Jess Dunn for 20 years and never anything close to this.”The swollen Arkansas River began spilling into the meadows of Jess Dunn Correctional Center.Workers had only a few hours to move two hundred head of cattle.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Oscar Edward Hernandez

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oscar Edward Hernandez violated his parole in October 2010 and hasn't been seen or heard from since.Hernandez was paroled in 2009 after serving time for Comanche and Oklahoma County drug possession and trafficking convictions.In December 2010, he was charged with first-degree murder in Logan County in connection with the murder of Abraham Russell. County deputies found Russell's body in a ditch along a rural road that August.Hernandez, 34, never faced trial in the case. It was d...  Read More...

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    Record flooding in 2012 led to cattle rescues at Howard McLeod Correctional Center

    ATOKA, Okla --When the thunder rolls, the cowboys come out. Inmates at Howard McLeod Correctional Center are responsible for relocating hundreds of cows and calves.There are thousands of acres of pasture land, ideal for cows – until it rains. Running right through the property is Muddy Boggy Creek.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Gary W. Stapp

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Gary W. Stapp never returned to Carver Transitional Center after he left for work on May 2. Stapp, 50, was serving multiple Oklahoma County sentences for second-degree burglary. He has criminal convictions for drug possession, possession of stolen property, car theft, forgery, burglary and others stretching back to 1987. Stapp is described as white, 6-feet tall, weighing about 200 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.   Read More...

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    Fuel truck explodes, burns at Mack Alford Correctional Center; none injured

    STRINGTOWN, Okla. -- A privately owned tanker truck delivering gasoline to Mack Alford Correctional Center exploded at a fueling station Friday on the medium-security prison’s grounds.No one was injured in the explosion, which took place just after noon and blew debris onto the median of U.S. 69.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Mark A. Goree

    TULSA, Okla. – Mark Allen Goree never returned to Tulsa Transitional Center on April 8 after he finished his shift at his job. Goree was expected to return around 5:30 p.m. that day.   Read More...

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    ODOC is "right on track" with bond improvements

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla – “On track and on time.” It was an encouraging six month progress report. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is strategizing how to best use $116.5 million dollars in bond money to address aging prison infrastructure. Construction and Maintenance Supervisor Faron Bryant said, “We’ve all talked about the band aids, and the bailing wire.   Read More...

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    ODOC Teacher of the Year helps students thrive after prison

    TAFT, Okla -- A good teacher is one students remember and always cherish – a person who is passionate and prepared. ODOC teacher Trish Baker said, “It’s our job as a DOC teacher to help them build that foundation.” Trish Baker is building foundations at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center. She’s among the 93 accredited ODOC teachers who help inmates earn high school and college degrees while incarcerated.   Read More...

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    State lawmakers honor Oklahoma Department of Corrections employees

    OKLAHOMA CITY – State lawmakers honored Oklahoma Department of Corrections employees today at the Capitol, marking their service and commemorating their sacrifice in service of the State of Oklahoma and its citizens.ODOC staff, correctional officers, probation and parole officers, and volunteers were on the House and Senate floors as lawmakers recognized them with standing ovations and handshakes.In the Senate, Sen. Wayne Shaw, R-Grove, sponsored the resolution honoring agency staff. In th...  Read More...

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    Love, marriage and ODOC

    MCALESTER, Okla -- Class time to combat training, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections cadet academy is not for the timid. But this grueling 6 week course is easier when your best friend is right by your side for encouragement. According to Matthew Scoggins, “I definitely could not have made it without her.   Read More...

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    Inmates discover purpose by building unique children's toys

    LEXINGTON, Okla --Big things often have small beginnings. What began as a block of wood and some ingenuity, matured into this prison ministry. Inmate Freddie Elrod said, “We have a lot of guys who are wood workers who know what they are doing.   Read More...

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    ODOC Honor Guard set to perform at national competition

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections Honor Guard is heading to Washington, D.C. next month. They've been selected to perform ceremonious and patriotic tributes for public viewing. These 13 teams are a highly dedicated group of law enforcement officers, representing organizations from all across this nation and Canada. They descend on the Nation’s Capital every year for National Police Week, where peace officers are honored for their dedicated service ...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Carly Hawkins and Alexis Procaccino

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Carly Hawkins and Alexis Procaccino were discovered missing early Thursday morning from Oklahoma City Community Corrections Center. The two are believed to be together after leaving the facility before 12:15 a.m. Procaccino, 30, was serving a five-year Sequoyah County sentence for drug possession. Hawkins, 25, was serving 15 years for drug and firearms possession convictions out of Oklahoma County. Procaccino is described as white, 5-feet 6-inches tall, weigh...  Read More...

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    Ex-offender earns new job and respect at ODOC

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla -- Sometimes life’s journeys take a few unexpected detours. Kimberley Scott recalled, “It was the worst period in my life. It wasn’t a day.   Read More...

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    JBCC walkaway Kenneth Laws back in custody

    MCALESTER, Okla. -- An inmate who walked away from Jackie Brannon Correctional Center early Wednesday morning is back in custody.Oklahoma Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and Hughes County Sheriff's deputies participated in the apprehension of Kenneth Laws, who was found southeast of Stuart.Stuart is about 20 miles east of McAlester. Laws is believed to have made it there via a truck he stole in McAlester before it broke down...  Read More...

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    ODOC searching for minimum-security walkaway from JBCC in McAlester

    MCALESTER, Okla. – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is looking for an inmate who walked away early Wednesday morning from a minimum-security prison for men, Jackie Brannon Correctional Center. Staff discovered Kenneth A. Laws, 39, missing around 3:15 a.m.   Read More...

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    ODOC administrative assistant brightens lives as an airbrush artist

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla -- For a tattoo artist, the body is canvas of possibility. But Samantha Robb- Piñeiro doesn’t use needles and ink. She said, “I like the creativity.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Francisco R. Paez

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Francisco Paez walked away from Clara Waters Community Corrections Center in Oklahoma City on Nov. 17, 2014.Paez, whose aliases include “Poncho Paez” and “Pedro R. Pancho,” was serving sentences out of Oklahoma and Seminole counties for forgery and drug possession.Paez is described as Hispanic, 5-feet 6-inches tall, weighing about 189 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.He has multiple tattoos including a low rider on his chest, a cross, skulls, guns and a spider web.   Read More...

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    Bombing survivors vividly recall the tragedy & resilience 24 years later

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla -- This time every year, Anetta Bullock can’t help but reflect. Describing the Memorial, “It’s like a masterpiece. It’s all the components of that day in this one place.   Read More...

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    ODOC employees give the gift of life

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla -- Department of Corrections workers … lying down on the job? This actually has nothing to do with shirking responsibilities. Dedicated employees gave 30 minutes to save a life.   Read More...

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    Chainsaw sculptures raise money "fore" ODOC golf tournament

    MCALESTER, Okla -- There is a virtual forest of old trees around Jackie Brannon Correctional Center. Rather than discard them, an inmate gives every branch and tree stump a second life. According to Warden Greg Breslin, “We don’t let anything go to waste.”Warden Breslin provided the artist with the time and tools needed to create something of value.   Read More...

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    Former inmate brings light to women at Kate Barnard

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla -- Tammy Franklin is a light in the darkness. Every week, she visits Kate Barnard Correctional Center to breathe life into these women. Franklin said, “I think that’s why we were created to make a difference in people’s lives.” Franklin leads “Prison Fellowship Academy”.   Read More...

  • ODOC ending contracts with Turley Residential Center, Oklahoma Halfway House

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is terminating its contract with two halfway houses, the Oklahoma Halfway House in Oklahoma City, and Turley Residential Center in Tulsa.ODOC is ending the contracts because more inmates are eligible for global positioning system supervision after changes to state law governing the program.Turley Residential Center, which was home to 38 inmates on Friday, has a capacity of 180 inmates. Its inmates will be moved April 29 to Catalyst Behavior...  Read More...

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    Small town fire departments rely on ODOC employees

    HELENA, Okla -- For 31 years, Captain Don Frech has been keeping a watchful eye on this medium security prison. The prison population is almost as large as the entire population of Helena, Oklahoma -- where James Crabtree Correctional Center is located. Frech said, “In a small community, you really have to wear more than one hat. I’ve been on the city board.   Read More...

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    ODOC finds new purpose for abandoned trailer

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections serves a staggering 61,944 meals a day. A contingency plan is critical in the event of an outage or natural disaster. OCI Operations Coordinator Alex Lunn said, “We have to see what problems we might have and get in front of them.” Oklahoma Correctional Industries found a cost saving solution in the scrap yard.   Read More...

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    Dick Conner Correctional Center volunteers excellent role models for inmates

    ODOC has as many volunteers as we do employees – more than 4,000. We simply couldn’t operate our system without them. During National Volunteer Week, we will introduce you to a few of them. Today’s are Stan and Pat Mills.   Read More...

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    Volunteer teaches ODOC inmates they can bloom where they're planted

    TULSA, Okla. -- What began as a seed of an idea in 1976 has flourished into Tulsa’s urban forest. Volunteers are turning freeways into tree ways and John Kahre is a major contributor to “Up with Trees.” John oversees the horticulture program at Dick Conner Correctional Center. Kahre said, “They are beautiful.   Read More...

  • ODOC investigating inmate fight at Lawton Correctional Facility

    LAWTON, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is investigating a large inmate-on-inmate fight that occurred Friday night at Lawton Correctional Facility. The fight began around 8:30 p.m. and involved 46 inmates on Unit 2 of C Pod at the medium-security private prison, which is operated by GEO Group. At least nine inmates were injured.   Read More...

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    ODOC Bond Update: 15 facilities to get new perimeter roads

    All of our facilities have perimeter roads that our security staff must patrol regularly. Calling some of these roads “roads” may be a bit of a stretch – because they are notoriously terrible. One wrong turn down one of those roads can be hundreds of dollars in repairs to a state vehicle. Some are completely impassable in the rain. Thanks to last year’s $116.5 million bond issue, we’re replacing perimeter roads at 15 facilities, from our Administrativ...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Jennifer C. Alexander

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Jennifer C. Alexander walked away Oct. 13, 2016, from what was then known as Kate Barnard Community Corrections Center. Alexander, 46, was serving 10-year sentences out of Pontotoc County for forgery, drug possession, burglary, stolen property possession and conspiracy. Alexander is described as Native American, about 5-feet 8-inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds, with red hair and hazel eyes. KBCCC is now a minimum-security prison for women, Kate Barnard Correc...  Read More...

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    Inmates turn trash into treasure

    MCLOUD, Okla --Give John Seright a box of junk and he just might rebuild your transmission. Seright said, “I’ve been called Macgyver a time or two.”John is the construction maintenance administrator at Mabel Bassett. Simply put -- he fixes stuff.   Read More...

  • ODOC mourning Lexington Assessment & Reception Center CO’s off-duty death

    LEXINGTON – A Correctional Officer was found unresponsive in her residence early Saturday morning. The officer, who worked at Lexington Assessment & Reception Center, later died at an area hospital. “The entire DOC family is heartbroken,” ODOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh said.   Read More...

  • Dick Conner Correctional Center locked down, visitation canceled after inmate fight

    HOMINY, Okla. - The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has locked down Dick Conner Correctional Center and canceled visitation this weekend due to an inmate-on-inmate fight.The fight, which took place around 1:30 p.m. at the medium-security prison's gym, injured five inmates, none of them seriously.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Jeffrey Leon Green

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Jeffrey Leon Green violated his parole in January in Okfuskee County and has not been located since. Green was paroled Dec. 20. He was serving multiple Okmulgee County sentences for firearms possession, failure to register as a sex offender and drug possession near a school or park. He violated his parole in Okfuskee County by committing the felony crime of injury to a highway, for which he was charged Jan.   Read More...

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    ODOC fugitive agent has near perfect capture record

    TULSA, Okla -- In only 4 years, Agent Ray Gooldy has an almost perfect capture record. Gooldy said, “4 years and I’ve cleared 267 out of 270 cases. So, that’s pretty good.   Read More...

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    DOC employee showcases her hidden artistic side

    HOMINY, Okla -- Lisa Smiley is analytical and attention oriented. But this administrative programs officer at Dick Conner Correctional Center also has a newly discovered artistic side.Lisa and some friends took one of those social painting classes, and she untapped a geyser of talent. Smiley said, “I knew I had a lot of fun with it.   Read More...

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    Director Allbaugh applauds law enforcement after GPS walkaway arrest

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh applauds the work of law enforcement officers from multiple agencies who worked together to bring a GPS walkaway into custody on Tuesday.Gordan L. Turnipseed, 28, was considered an ODOC absconder after he let his global positioning system monitor die on March 5.ODOC Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents had been looking for him since, attempting to locate him through various means, including talking with his as...  Read More...

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    New CO is eager for the challenge of working at OSP

    MCALESTER, Okla -- As long as she can remember, Mikayla Butler dreamed of a career in law enforcement. She spent several months training and testing. Recently -- her dream became reality.   Read More...

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    Bond project update - new water softeners for LARC and JHCC

    Last year, state lawmakers passed a $116.5 bond issue authorizing the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to bond out repairs, improvements and other needed projects at its 24 facilities across the state.With 91 current projects stretched across the state, a big part of those needed improvements include major facility infrastructure projects, as well as physical plant updates like water softeners, sewer lines, new plumbing and boilers. One recently completed effort installed new water softeners a...  Read More...

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    Off-duty correctional officers help corral dangerous fugitive

    HEAVENER, Okla -- Authorities are calling 30 year old Travis Lee Davis a criminal “Houdini” after a bold escape from the Pettis County Jail in Missouri last weekend. The dangerous fugitive hadn’t been seen until Wednesday morning in southeast Oklahoma.Four ODOC correctional officers from Jim. E.   Read More...

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    Attention nurses. ODOC wants you!

    SAYRE, Okla -- Instead of trudging through long hospital hallways or private family practices, these medical professionals make the rounds through locked gates and prison cells. Licensed practical nurse, Conchita Noyes said, “It’s like herding ants. A lot of running around.”North Fork Correctional Center is in Sayre, Oklahoma.   Read More...

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    Shining the spotlight on the women of ODOC Honor Guard

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla -- Impeccable appearance, high ethical standards and strict military-style order.The Department of Corrections Honor Guard is an elite group of 20 men and women. ODOC employee, Stephanie Fremin said, “Women can do anything and they can definitely be a part of this team. We are lucky to have good guys to work with.Fremin works at Lawton Community Corrections Center.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Ralph E. Jones

    TULSA, Okla. - Ralph E. Jones did not return to the Tulsa Transitional Center halfway house after his shift ended at his job on Monday. Jones, 59, was serving sentences out of Oklahoma County for assault and battery on a police officer, drug possession, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Jones is described as black, 5-feet 11-inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. The public should consider Jones armed and dangerous.   Read More...

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    HMCC walkaway back in custody

    ATOKA, Okla. -- Oklahoma Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents located Howard McLeod Correctional Center walkaway James E. Smith around 3 p.m.   Read More...

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    ODOC searching for Howard McLeod Correctional Center walkaway

    ATOKA, Okla. -- Oklahoma Department of Corrections agents and security staff are searching for a man who walked away from the minimum-security Howard McLeod Correctional Center Monday night. At around 7:50 p.m., HMCC security staff discovered James E. Smith, 39, missing after learning a resident near the 5,300-acre site had called the sheriff's office complaining of someone trespassing on their property. Smith was serving several Stephens County sentences for armed robbery, firearm...  Read More...

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    Some "guardian angels" are giving unwanted animals a second chance behind the wire

    MCLOUD, Okla -- They are the outcasts, the abandoned, and abused. But these animals are getting a second chance at the “Guardian Angels” dog training program. Inmate, Heather Hood said, “Even his floppy ears are standing up.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Jerry Lee Hawkins

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Jerry Lee Hawkins left a halfway house, Oklahoma City Transitional Center, March 1 for work and never returned. When he left, Hawkins was serving a 3-year sentence for firearm possession. Hawkins is described as black, 5-feet 8-inches tall, weighing about 185 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has multiple tattoos on his arms, chest, face, legs and hands. His facial tattoos include tear drops and “North Side 82.” Tattoos on his left arm in...  Read More...

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    Book club educates, enlightens and empowers MBCC inmates

    McLOUD, Okla -- Wall to wall – floor to ceiling, this library is a gold mine of opportunity. Satire to suspense, biographies to bibles, the books are as diverse as the readers.And what better way to bring these Mabel Bassett inmates together? Unit Manager, Jacqueline King said, “I thought, we could do a book club.   Read More...

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    Tornado season keeps DCCC inmates busy building steel storm shelters

    DEL CITY, Okla – Springtime in Oklahoma can be ominous and unpredictable. Oklahoma City metro has been hit by a staggering 100 tornadoes since recording began in 1893.Jonathan Diaz recently moved to tornado alley and his first order of business was to purchase peace of mind -- a storm shelter for his Del City home. Diaz said, “When I moved to Oklahoma City I thought there would be a tornado every year.   Read More...

  • ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Edford R. Nolan Jr.

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Edford Nolan Jr. let the battery die on his GPS ankle monitor on Feb. 6, and he has not been located since.Nolan, 37, was serving a 10-year sentence for drug and firearm possession convictions out of Comanche County.He is described as black, 6-feet 1-inches tall, weighing about 262 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.He has multiple tattoos on his left and right arms of a face, dagger, cross, snake, skull, the number "916", and others.Nolan, a known drug dealer beli...  Read More...

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    OSP Outlaw Rodeo "rides on" through exclusive photos and stories

    McALESTER, Okla – This southeast Oklahoma community is synonymous with prisons and rodeos. McAlester was once home to the only “behind the walls” event of its kind in the country. According to OSP Sgt.   Read More...

  • "Hidden workforce" learns valuable IT skills behind bars

    LEXINGTON, Okla -- Behind the razor wire and past the prison bars, you will find a hidden workforce. Inmate, Ron Burnett said, “I really wanted to get out and be part of the family, I wanted to always be with. I want to continue on with my life.   Read More...

  • Powerful victim impact class teaches inmates lesson in compassion

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla --Dawn Rodgers says she never intended to hurt anyone when she got behind the wheel of a car under the influence of drugs.Her lapse in judgment resulted in a 15 year prison sentence and an innocent man losing a leg. According to Rodgers, “I have to say that was a scared straight moment. I’ll never use drugs again.   Read More...

  • ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Andre T. Wilson

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Parolee Andre T. Wilson failed to show up for court in connection to a drug trafficking case for which he was charged on Jan. 14.Since 2013, Wilson, 48, had been out on parole and a suspended sentence for drug trafficking and DUI convictions out of Oklahoma County.In addition to an ODOC parole violation warrant, Wilson faces counts including maintaining a house in which drugs are kept and selling crack.He is described as black, 5-feet 11-inches tall, weighing approximately ...  Read More...

  • ODOC veteran officer owes his life to an inmate

    MCALESTER, Okla -- A lot of memories can be packed into a 40 year career. But April 11th, 1978 is the one day JW Martin won’t ever forget.Martin was training attack dogs at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary when the unthinkable happened. Martin said, “I grabbed one of those dogs and slipped and fell.   Read More...

  • OSP "trailblazer" gives rare tour inside the old prison

    MCALESTER,  Okla --The corridors are quiet. The cells no longer corral Oklahoma’s most dangerous criminals. But the old portion of OSP does house lots of memories.Vera Roberts knows every inch of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.   Read More...

  • ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Charles B. Cook

    TULSA, Okla. – Charles Brandon Cook removed his ankle monitor while under GPS supervision Jan. 11, 2019.Cook, 26, was serving multiple Tulsa County sentences for vehicle theft when he tore off the monitor’s strap.Cook is described as white, 5-feet 11-inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 866-363-1119 or email warrants@doc.ok.gov.   Read More...

  • Unique partnership with Enid business gives ODOC inmates promising future

    ENID, OK -- A steel pillar embodies the most memorable students at Autry Career Tech in Enid. It is decorated with special designs as a tribute to the ODOC inmates who've successfully completed the welding school. Ken Hansen is a welding instructor here, and many of his students are Department of Corrections inmates. Hansen said, "They get a certificate of completion along with their certification and sometimes they ask for an extra to send to mom or grandma because it’s the ...  Read More...

  • New computer class paves road to success for Mabel Bassett inmates

    McLOUD, OK -- These are the faces of a brighter tomorrow. About 2 dozen Mabel Bassett prisoners are getting an opportunity to better themselves behind bars. Inmate, Chasity Choate said, “I want to show everybody that we are still valuable as prisoners, ex-felons going out there.   Read More...

  • ODOC, public/private partnership unveil inmate coding program at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center

    Above: M.C. Hammer and Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt share a laugh during Monday, Feb. 11, 2019's unveiling of an innovative computer coding program for inmates at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center.MCLOUD, Okla.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: David W. McCollough

    TULSA, Okla. -- David W. McCollough cut off his ankle monitor on Monday and has not been located since.McCollough, who was serving multiple Tulsa County sentences for burglary, car theft, assault and battery on a police officer and drug possession.He is described as white, 6-feet 4-inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.   Read More...

  • Inmates serve time productively by serving military veterans

    LEXINGTON, OK -- Stitch by stitch, hour by hour, the patriotic pattern methodically takes shape. At Joseph Harp Correctional Center, you’ll find an army of incarcerated volunteers, giving thanks to military veterans. Inmate, Eric Fowler said, "When we got that picture back with that smile on his face, we're hooked. We had to make more of them."   Fowler is the coordinator of the "Flag Afghan Project." Using donated yarn and inmate labor, this team has crocheted hund...  Read More...

  • ODOC statement on Gov. Stitt's State of the State address

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- We pledge to continue working with Oklahoma’s elected leaders to provide them information they need to make critical decisions governing our state. Oklahoma Department of Corrections employees do some of the state’s most dangerous jobs and are among the lowest paid state workers. In fact, our correctional officers remain the lowest paid in this part of the United States.   Read More...

  • ODOC veteran uses junk and ingenuity to solve a pasture problem

    20-thousand acres of rolling pasture, plus 4,000 cows, calves and bulls. They produce an endless supply of food and revenue for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Managing the herd is a monumental task for DOC’s Agri-Services Division. 30 year veteran Dave Fullbright is an “idea” man. He said, “If I see junk, I can make something.   Read More...

  • A clever idea saves ODOC and Oklahoma taxpayers a sack full of money

    Boley, OK  The Oklahoma Department of Corrections will ask lawmakers for $688,094,618 for fiscal year 2019. In order to be good stewards of taxpayer money, ODOC is always looking for cost-saving strategies. Stephanie Lyon is an Administrative Assistant for the Agri-Services Division. She came up with an idea to utilize a empty warehouse at John H. Lilley Correctional Center.  Lyon said, "I took it as a challenge and got everything ready down here in the warehouse and hav...  Read More...

  • State troopers arrest Jackie Brannon Correctional Center walkaway

    MCALESTER, Okla. -- Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers arrested minimum-security walkaway Aaron Foote early Saturday afternoon. Foote walked away from Jackie Brannon Correctional Center Friday night. Troopers located Foote, who was serving a four-year sentence out of Oklahoma County for auto theft, on the Indian Nations Turnpike near mile marker 71. Foote will be taken back to JBCC, a minimum-security prison for men located on the northwest side of McAlester, where he will be housed in h...  Read More...

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    ODOC, area law enforcement searching for Jackie Brannon Correctional Center walkaway

    MCALESTER, Okla. – A man serving time for car theft walked away Friday night from Jackie Brannon Correctional Center, a minimum-security prison for men located in northwest McAlester.At around 7:40 p.m., A K-9 officer on patrol saw Aaron Foote, 48, leave the facility’s chapel service and walk behind the building. The officer followed him and asked what he was doing.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Stephen Mansell

    TULSA, Okla. -- Stephen Mansell left for work on Nov. 29 and failed to return to the Tulsa Transitional Center halfway house where he was housed. Mansell was serving time for multiple offenses including drug possession, eluding police, second-degree burglary and having burglary tools. Mansell is described as white, 6-feet 4-inches tall, weighing 189 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 866-363-1119 or email warrants@doc.ok...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Jacob R. Hester

    TULSA, Okla. -- Jacob R. Hester walked away Oct.   Read More...

  • ODOC investigating inmate homicide at Oklahoma State Penitentiary

    The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is investigating a homicide that took place Friday night at Oklahoma State Penitentiary.A correctional officer doing a routine security check around 7:30 p.m. found a male, maximum-security inmate unresponsive inside his cell on C-Unit. His cellmate is believed responsible for the murder.Medical staff could not revive the inmate, and a doctor pronounced him dead at 8:55 p.m.ODOC is withholding identification of the deceased inmate until his next of kin can ...  Read More...

  • OSP inmate homicide victim identified

    MCALESTER, Okla. -- Oklahoma Department of Corrections officials have identified the inmate killed Friday night at Oklahoma State Penitentiary as Anthony Palma.A correctional officer on a routine security check found Palma around 7:30 p.m. unresponsive inside his maximum-security cell he shared with another inmate.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: GPS walkaway Dewayne Lopez Jr.

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Dewayne Lopez Jr. walked away from GPS supervision Jan. 7.Lopez, 28, was serving 5 years for stolen property possession and car theft when he ran from his probation and parole officers.He is described as Hispanic, 5-feet 8-inches tall, weighing about 209 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 866-363-1119 or email warrants@doc.ok.gov.   Read More...

  • Video from WTA 112618 Class Graduation

    Check out this video from Wilson Training Academy Class 112618's graduation on Tuesday in Healdton. (video transcript)Congratulations, cadets!   Read More...

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    Welcome, first CO graduating class of 2019!

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Department of Corrections has welcomed the first graduating class of correctional officer cadets for 2019. The state’s second-largest agency (by employment) graduated 45 new COs Tuesday in a ceremony at Healdton Assembly of God. Tuesday’s graduates, lauded by their loved ones and agency leadership at the church, will go on to facilities across the state, ranging from Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy to William S. Key Correctional Center in Fort Supply....  Read More...

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    OSP: New visitation times, entry point for visitors

    MCALESTER -- Oklahoma State Penitentiary has moved its facility visitation from the Administration Building to H-Unit’s entry. All facility visitors, including inmate visitors, must now enter through the H-Unit entry. Oklahoma Department of Corrections rules for visiting the facility have not changed. Parking is outside H-Unit’s entrance. New visitation hours Visitation times for several housing units have changed. Weekly visitation is Saturdays and Sundays f...  Read More...

  • 2018 maintenance bond update: ODOC begins upgrades on old and outdated facilities

    A $116.5 million dollar bond is helping DOC make badly needed repairs at prisons across the state.   Read More...

  • Contraband bust made Saturday morning at Jess Dunn Correctional Center

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- A Keota woman was arrested Saturday morning at Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft during visitation at the minimum-security prison for men.Ashley Bryant was at the facility with her two children visiting inmate Troy Hale.During the visit, Bryant changed one of the children's diapers, and returned to visitation's check-in area, where appeared to put something in her diaper bag.A correctional officer monitoring visitation stopped Bryant and searched the bag, finding a p...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: GPS absconder Cindy L. Sides

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Cindy L. Sides cut off her GPS monitor Dec. 10 in Tulsa and has not been seen since.Sides, 39, was serving a five-year McIntosh County sentence for drug possession.She is described as white, 5-feet 7-inches tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 866-363-1119 or email warrants@doc.ok.gov.   Read More...

  • ODOC corrects released info on Dec. 22 contraband arrest at OSP

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Information released about the Dec. 22 arrest of an agency employee at Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester incorrectly described several key details of the incident. Food service supervisor Adam Siemer was going through the employee security check point for H Unit when an Oklahoma Department of Corrections correctional officer told him to remove his prosthetic leg for searching. Siemer then became nervous and said he would have to go to his car to get a tool ...  Read More...

  • Oklahoma inmate learns compassion from an unlikely source

    The Oklahoma Department of Corrections gives inmate opportunities to learn value skills. The DOC Agri-Services Division offers unique training in a variety of fields, including working on cattle ranches. One inmate was tasked with a chore that changed his life.    Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Chris McDonald

    OKLAHOMA CITY --  Chris E. McDonald walked away on Sunday from the Carver Transitional Center in Oklahoma City.McDonald, 49, is described as white, 5-feet 11-inches tall, weighing about 161 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.His aliases include Edward D. A-Mc Onald and Edward D.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Trey L. Coffee

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Trey L. Coffee walked away from the Tulsa Transitional Center on Wednesday. Coffee, 20, is considered armed and dangerous. He is white, about 5-feet 9-inches tall, weighing about 169 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was serving Tulsa County sentences for auto theft and stolen vehicle possession when he walked away. Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 866-363-1119 or email warrants@doc.ok.gov.   Read More...

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    JLCC chapel complete; ribbon cutting held

    From left: World Mission Builders' Founder Joe Wilson, architect Glen Short, and John E. Lilley Correctional Center Warden cut the ribbon on JLCC's new chapel, donated by Wilson's nonprofit on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at the facility in Boley.World Mission Builders’ sixth chapel for Oklahoma Department of Corrections inmates is up and running! We had a ribbon-cutting today at John Lilley Correctional Center in Boley, where the wraps came off the brand-new, 5,000 square-foot ...  Read More...

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    Mabel Bassett inmates to donate $3,000 to Pottawatomie County schools

    Inmates at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center have been following our state’s public school funding crisis for some time.Recently, they decided to raise money for several schools in Pottawatomie County where the prison is located. Today, MBCC’s Cory Ketch, Sgt. Tyler Babbie and Capt.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Paul Hartsell Jr.

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Paul Hartsell Jr. walked away from a Ponca City halfway house on Sunday, stealing a van during his getaway.Hartsell, who walked away from Bridgeway Inc. at 620 W.   Read More...

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    Put your hands together for our Employee of the Year, Debbie Moore

    Put your hands together for our Employee of the Year, Debbie Moore. Our Division Support Coordinator assigned to operations has been instrumental to this agency for years. Her job duties are almost always running in the background of the agency, and her work touches all its departments.Debbie handles the Honor Guard’s training and scheduling, which is no small task for the group which travels the country and represents ODOC during times of grief and celebration.   Read More...

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    Walker captured; Director Allbaugh calls for full report on escape

    OKLAHOMA CITY – US Marshals report Oklahoma Department of Corrections inmate Patrick M. Walker has been captured at a St. Louis motel.Walker, who was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, escaped Thursday night from the Payne County Jail in Stillwater.   Read More...

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    Our Probation and Parole Supervisor of the Year is Region I’s Jon Herlan

    Our Probation and Parole Supervisor of the Year is Region I’s Jon Herlan. Herlan started with the agency in 1992 at William S. Key Correctional Center, where he spent 15 years before moving to Probation and Parole.   Read More...

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    2018 Team Excellence Award goes to Jon Herlan’s team of Region I Probation and Parole officers

    Jon Herlan’s team of Region I Probation and Parole officers earned our 2018 Team Excellence Award. They are the heartbeat of Region I P&P, contributing to our goals and mission while serving the community.Team members are Shane Barnes, Brandi Chamberlain, Sara Shelton, Justin Shofler, Nora Pressley, Dustin Berry and Jeffrey Franks. This incredible team includes an NRA-certified firearms instructor, advocates for crime victims, supporters of their communities, mentors for youth, and ded...  Read More...

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    Search continues for escaped inmate; reward available

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDec. 3, 2018OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents are working with fugitive task forces in several states to bring Patrick Walker into custody.The U.S. Marshal Service has adopted the case, and issued a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to Walker's arrest.   Read More...

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    ODOC inmate convicted of murder escapes from Payne County jail

    OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma Department of Corrections inmate serving a life-sentence for first-degree murder escaped Thursday night from the Payne County Jail.Patrick M. Walker, 34, is described as black, 5-feet 7-inches tall, and weighing about 174 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has a large scar paralleling his jawline on the left his side of his face.The Payne County Sheriff’s Office reported to ODOC on Friday that Walker escaped from the jail by posing as a cellmate an...  Read More...

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    Probation and Parole Officer of the Year is Brandi Chamberlain

    Help us congratulate this year’s Probation and Parole Officer of the Year, Brandi Chamberlain. Chamberlain excels in all areas at ODOC and as a volunteer in her home town of Miami. She regularly shows leadership, organizational skills and commitment to task.She is a true team player and skilled trainer, training staff in topics from Narcan to self-defense.   Read More...

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    ICYMI: NewsOK: Corrections board OKs hiring warden at Oklahoma penitentiary

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    Correctional Officer Supervisor of the Year, Lt. Steve Clay with Jess Dunn Correctional Center

    Lt. Steve Clay is our Correctional Officer Supervisor of the Year for his outstanding leadership and mentoring skills.Lt. Clay has been a Correctional Officer since August 2013 and has served in a wide variety of roles.   Read More...

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    Correctional Officer of the Year honors Sgt. Tyler Babbie

    ODOC’s Correctional Officer of the Year honors an officer who has distinguished him or herself by showing extreme professionalism, responsibility, initiative, and dedication. This year’s recipient is Sgt. Tyler Babbie, the facility key and tool officer at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, where he began his career as a cadet in 2014.   Read More...

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    28 ODOC cadets graduate, will staff facilities throughout eastern Oklahoma

    MCALESTER – Twenty-eight correctional security officer cadets graduated Tuesday from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections satellite training academy. A ceremony, attended by agency leadership, as well as the cadets’ friends and family, honored the men and women at The Kings House church. The cadets will go on to work posts at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center and Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft, John Lilley Correctional Center in Boley, Mack Alford Correctional Cent...  Read More...

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    Our Award of Merit goes Sgt. DaRell Guess at Dick Conner Correctional Center

    Our Award of Merit goes to staff who’ve shown extraordinary bravery and exceptional valor outside of professional duties without regard to personal safety. This year’s goes to Sgt. DaRell Guess, Correctional Security Officer at Dick Conner Correctional Center.On July 28, 2018, Sgt.   Read More...

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    Medal of Valor honors Sgt. Rodney Spencer with North Fork Correctional Center

    Each year, our Medal of Valor honors an act of extraordinary bravery and exceptional valor in the face of great danger, above and beyond the call of duty. This year’s recipient is Sgt. Rodney Spencer with North Fork Correctional Center.On Aug.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Jason "J-Bone" Jones

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Jason Jones walked away Tuesday from Carver Transitional Center halfway house in Oklahoma City.Jones was serving time on a variety of Oklahoma County sentences for crimes including possession of stolen property, second-degree burglary, conspiracy and grand larceny.Jones, also known as “J-Bone,” is described as white, 6-feet tall, weighing about 220 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is considered armed and dangerous.Anyone with information can call our toll-free escapee h...  Read More...

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    Our Nurse of the year is Rainey Alvarado, LPN, from Oklahoma State Reformatory

    ODOC’s 2018 Nurse of the year Rainey Alvarado, LPN, from Oklahoma State Reformatory.Nurse Alvarado is the backbone of the Oklahoma State Reformatory’s medical services – and has been for the past 3 ½ years. She takes charge, gets things done, and does it all with a smile and an unfailing work ethic.Her specialties are intakes and transfers, infection control, clinics and chronic care, and helping providers. She keeps the prison clinic humming, managing its tight schedule...  Read More...

  • Enid News & Eagle: Helena man dies in accident near Fairview

    With great sadness, the Oklahoma Department Correction announces that the chaplain at James Crabtree Correctional Center died Friday in a two-vehicle accident near Fairview. According to an OHP report, James “Jay” Drawbridge, 56, died at the scene. Two others in a separate vehicle were sent to the hospital in critical condition.   Read More...

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    Teacher of the Year award goes to Eddie Warrior Correctional Center’s Sally Stone

    This year’s award goes to Eddie Warrior Correctional Center’s Sally Stone.Ms. Stone began her career teaching special education in Muskogee Public Schools in 1974. She quickly earned her peers’ respect, working hard to instruct emotionally disturbed children.   Read More...

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    Volunteer Organization of the Year is Crossings Community Church

    Our Volunteer Organization of the Year is Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. Church leaders wanted Joseph Harp Correctional Center inmates to participate in Willow Creek Church’s Global Leadership Summit. So they donated more than $15,000 in audio and video equipment.   Read More...

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    Meet the Mills family - our Agency Volunteers of the Year for 2018

    Have you ever felt the desire to give back? Meet the Mills family - our Agency Volunteers of the Year for 2018.Stan and Pat Mills have been dedicated volunteers at Dick Conner Correctional Center for the past six years, but the two have been ODOC volunteers for decades. At Dick Conner, they have taught Victim Impact: Listen and Learn, Getting Ahead While Getting Out, and the TCU Brief Interventions Series at the prison.Under their tutelage, more than 500 inmates graduated those classes.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Aaron Johnson

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Aaron Johnson walked away Nov. 3 from Carver Transitional Center in Oklahoma City. Johnson, 24, is Native American, about 5-feet 11-inches tall, and weighs about 154 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was serving time for multiple convictions out of Pontotoc County for conspiracy, second-degree burglary, stolen vehicle possession, and possessing stolen property. Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 866-363-1119 or email warrants@doc.ok.g...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Jason "J-Bone" Jones and Kale Knight

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Jason Jones and Kale Knight walked away Tuesday from Carver Transitional Center halfway house in Oklahoma City.Jones was serving time on a variety of Oklahoma County sentences for crimes including possession of stolen property, second-degree burglary, conspiracy and grand larceny.Jones, also known as “J-Bone,” is described as white, 6-feet tall, weighing about 220 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.Knight was incarcerated for Canadian and Oklahoma County sentences for second-...  Read More...

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    35 new Correctional Officers graduate

    35 new cadets graduated Thursday from our training academy in Wilson. Check out these photos from the graduation, attended by their friends and families. These brave men and women are stepping into the front lines of criminal justice, into a tough, stressful but rewarding career with good benefits and chance for advancement. Thursday’s cadets will start at facilities all across the state, including North Fork Correctional Center, Dick Conner Correctional Center, Oklahoma Sta...  Read More...

  • Water outage planned Wednesday at Lawton Correctional Facility

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Water service will be shut off from 10 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday at Lawton Correctional Facility while workers repair a leak. LCF, home to 2,657 medium and maximum-security male inmates, will provide bottled water with evening meals and serve a dry breakfast on Thursday with milk and another bottle of water. Inmates will have water buckets in their cells to assist with flushing toilets overnight. Facility staff are contacting the Flower Mound Volun...  Read More...

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    #MakingADifference – Tammy Franklin - Volunteer

    #MakingADifference - Tammy Franklin - Prison Fellowship Academy Manager – Former Inmatehttps://youtu.be/arZ_WrrUOaE   Read More...

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    ODOC volunteer nominated as "CNN Hero of the Year"

    (Click on photo above to view YouTube video)OKLAHOMA CITY -- The public can help Oklahoma Department of Corrections volunteer Ellen Stackable with nonprofit Poetic Justice be named "CNN Hero of the Year" for her work with women behind bars.Stackable, an English teacher who is the executive director and co-founder of the organization, is one of 10 eligible to win, which includes a $100,000 cash prize for their nonprofit. Also, the winner will be featured on the show "CNN Heroes: An...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - William Kent

    OKLAHOMA CITY – William Kent walked away Oct. 22 from Oklahoma City Transitional Center halfway house.  Kent was incarcerated for car theft and felony drug possession convictions out of Oklahoma County.  He is described as white, 6-feet tall, weighing approximately 185 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.  Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 405-425-2698 or email warrants@doc.ok.gov. All calls and emails are confidential. William Ken...  Read More...

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    ICYMI: Oklahoman: Contraband adds to Oklahoma prison strains

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  • Oklahoma Board of Corrections approves state prison system 2020 budget request

    $1.57 billion request includes $884 million for new beds, $91.7 million for inmate hepatitis C drugsVINITA - OKLAHOMA CITY – The state Board of Corrections unanimously approved on Tuesday the Oklahoma Department of Corrections 2020 budget request from the State Legislature. The $1.57-billion request includes $884 million to add 5,200 beds, $91.7 million for inmate hepatitis C treatment, $31.9 million for facility repairs, maintenance and critical needs, and $18.5 million for staff pay...  Read More...

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    #FugitiveFriday – Christopher Stone

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Christopher Stone walked away Oct. 12 from a halfway house, Tulsa Transitional Center.Stone is white, 6-feet 3-inches tall, and weighs about 165 pounds. He has blond hair and blue eyes.   Read More...

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    US Marshals collar MACC walkaway in Kansas City

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Last week’s #FugitiveFriday, Alvaro Rodriguez, is back in custody. He walked away Oct. 15 from MACC’s minimum-security yard. The marshals located him Wednesday afternoon in Kansas City. He will be headed back to Oklahoma soon to finish out his sentences for stolen vehicle possession, having a sawed-off shotgun/rifle, drug possession, and committing a felony with a firearm that had its serial number removed. Alvaro Rodriguez, ODOC #801589   Read More...

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    118 Mabel Bassett Correctional Center inmates graduate; 2 obtain college degrees

    Most female inmates come to prison with little to no education, a substance abuse problem, and a lifetime of trauma – as well as children left behind due to their mothers’ incarceration. So it goes without saying that Wednesday’s graduation at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McLoud was a momentous occasion for 118 inmates. 54 received high school diplomas, and 62 completed CareerTech courses. 2 graduated from college – which they paid for themselves (a common myth is that inmates ...  Read More...

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    Fight against contraband continues inside state prisons - 3 inmates at one prison overdose on opioids in one night; staff revive each

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Cellphones and illicit drugs have become a lethal combination in our state prisons. Both infiltrate prison walls at alarming rates, threatening the safety of correctional officers, inmates and the public.Inmates use cellphones in part to bring in contraband such as illegal drugs. Such contraband led to three inmates at Jess Dunn Correctional Center overdosing on synthetic opioids Wednesday night.   Read More...

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    ODOC graphic designer featured on KFOR; exhibit at Gaylord-Pickens museum

    Did you see this story on KFOR over the weekend?It features ODOC graphic designer Gayle Curry and her paints made with an ancient method using hot wax and pigments (encaustic).Gayle's work is featured at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame's Gaylord-Pickens Museum at 1400 Classen Drive in Oklahoma City until Feb. 9.https://oklahomahof.com/special-exhibitsCongratulations, Gayle!   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Alvaro Rodriguez

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Alvaro Rodriguez walked away on Monday from Mack Alford Correctional Center.Rodriguez, is Hispanic, about 5-feet 8-inches tall, and weighs approximately 161 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.Rodriguez was serving time for Tulsa County sentences for possession of stolen vehicle, possession of a sawed-off shotgun/rifle, drug possession, and committing a felony with a firearm that had its serial number removed.Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 405-425-2698...  Read More...

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    ODOC staff training in FEMA's National Incident Management System

    You never know what could happen inside or outside a prison. That’s why we train for anything. A great way to do that is by adopting FEMA’s National Incident Management System, which we are incorporating into our Emergency Operations. Since this effort began this fall, we’ve trained more than 100 staff members from security staff on up to senior leadership.   Read More...

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    ICYMI: The Oklahoman: ODOC bond project “wise use of bond money”

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    Minimum-security inmate walks away from MACC in Stringtown

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 15, 2018 Minimum-security inmate walks away from MACC in Stringtown OKLAHOMA CITY – A minimum-security inmate walked away Monday morning from Mack Alford Correctional Center. A correctional security officer noticed Alvaro Rodriguez, 35, missing around 8 a.m. at the Stringtown prison’s minimum security unit. Rodriguez was serving Tulsa County sentences for possession of stolen vehicle, possession of a sawed-off shotgun/rifle, drug po...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Timothy Wade

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Timothy W. Wade violated his parole recently when he ran after an Oklahoma City law enforcement officer while armed with a knife. Wade, also known as “Tim Wade,” is Native American, 6-feet 1-inches tall, weighing about 216 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was on parole for false personation when he committed the violation. Wade was convicted in July of assaulting an Oklahoma City police officer. He has previous convictions stretching back to 2000 for crim...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Brenda S. Cole

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Brenda S. Cole is a GPS absconder out of Southeast District since May 20, 2017. She is considered armed and dangerous.Cole is described as White, 5 feet tall, 9 inches tall, and weighing about 169 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.When she walked away, Cole was serving time for being caught with a firearm as a felon out of Pottawatomie County.Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 405-425-2698 or email warrants@doc.ok.gov.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Ladon Turner

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Ladon Turner is a parole absconder out of Central District, OKC on September 26. He is considered armed and dangerous.Turner is described as African-American, 5 feet tall, 5 inches tall, and weighing about 141 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.When he walked away, he was serving time for distribution of controlled dangerous substance with intent out of Oklahoma County.Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 405-425-2698 or email warrants@doc.ok.gov. All...  Read More...

  • Confusion leads to inaccurate information about ODOC bonds

    Thursday, the ODOC released a media advisory following a Board of Corrections meeting in McAlester.At that meeting, members voted to allow DOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh to move forward with finalizing documents related to a $116.5 million bond to repair existing facilities across the state.This Thursday, the Bond Advisor & Oversight Board will discuss and possibly grant provisional and final approval to the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority to issue approximately $116.5 million in bonds ...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Francisco Paez

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Francisco Paez walked away from Clara Waters Community Corrections Center on November 17, 2014, and is considered armed and dangerous.Francisco, 43, also known as “Poncho Paez, Pedro R. Pancho, Pedro R. Poncho,” is described as Hispanic, 5 feet tall, 6 inches tall, and weighing about 189 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.When he walked away, he was serving time for distribution and possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute out of Oklahoma...  Read More...

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    ICYMI: Tulsa World - 'It is shameful': Corrections director says overcrowding means selling bonds to REPAIR prisons.

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  • Board of Corrections unanimously approves resolutions for ODOC facility improvements, potential new prison construction

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Board of Corrections unanimously approved separate resolutions on Thursday, one relating to state bonds for facility improvements, and the second addressing possible construction of new state prisons. The approvals, which came during the board’s September meeting at Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester, specifically authorize and direct Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh to: Negotiate, finalize and execute such documen...  Read More...

  • Board of Corrections approves appointment of two new wardens to Jackie Brannon and James Crabtree Correctional centers

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Board of Corrections unanimously approved on Thursday the appointment of two new wardens for Oklahoma Department of Corrections' facilities.The board approved the appointments of Greg Breslin as Warden of Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester, and Rick Whitten as Warden of James Crabtree Correctional Center in Helena. The approvals took place at JBCC during the board’s monthly meeting.Breslin started with ODOC in 1989 as an intake case manager at the Lexington Asses...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Antonio Johnson

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Antonio Johnson absconded from Probation & Parole on July 27, and hasn’t been seen since.Johnson, 37, also known as “T.J. Johnson,” is described as black, 6 feet tall, and weighing about 155 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.When he absconded, he was on parole for an armed robbery conviction in 1997 in Stephens County and had a suspended sentence out of Oklahoma County for possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute.Anyone with information ca...  Read More...

  • ODOC releases additional details on Wednesday’s OSP inmate deaths

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The two inmates who died Wednesday at Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester have been identified as: Stanley Majors, 63, serving multiple sentences including life-without-parole for first-degree murder out of Tulsa County Bobby Bailey, 56, serving a life sentence out of Garvin County for shooting with intent to kill  Medical personnel found Majors deceased in the maximum-security prison’s medical infirmary just after midnight. Bailey was found inside...  Read More...

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    #MakingADifference - Volunteer to inmates: Don’t let the past define you

    More than 27,000 inmates are in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ custody. Of those, most struggle with drug and mental health problems. Often times, their struggles began at a young age. While all made bad choices that led to their incarceration, most grew up without any of the role models or stable family settings others take for granted. That’s part of what guides and motivates Carl Steiner, Oklahoma State Reformatory’s volunteer of the year and Bible study volunteer.&nbs...  Read More...

  • 2 inmate deaths reported at OSP; both appear unrelated

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Two Oklahoma State Penitentiary inmates died in separate and unrelated incidents Wednesday.The first death was discovered after midnight in the maximum-security prison for men’s infirmary. The inmate was found dead in his bed inside the unit.The second death was discovered around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.   Read More...

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    #MakingADifference - “That’s why I do what I do”

    Marcia Manning and her husband, Bud, started volunteering in Oklahoma prisons in 1997, drawn by the opportunity to give inmates the chance to leave their pasts behind and change their lives. The two, with Penn Avenue Redemption United Methodist Church, have been doing prison-based ministry ever since. “Inmates are human beings who have made some serious mistakes in their lives,” Marcia Manning says. “They have been given a chance to change their lives in prison and st...  Read More...

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    #ICYMI: Oklahoma Policy Institute: The official SQ 780 savings calculation rests on flawed assumptions

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    #FugitiveFriday: Randy Mills

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Randy Mills walked away Aug. 21 from OK Halfway House in Oklahoma City. Mills is white, about 5-feet 7-inches tall, weighing approximately 176 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.When he walked away, Mills was serving time on a sentence for possession of a controlled substance out of Oklahoma County.   Read More...

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    #MakingADifference – Christie Luther - ODOC volunteer changes lives one haircut at a time

    Christie Luther looks in the faces of the women she works with at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, and sees a lot of herself in there. One might not know to look at her, but Luther was once in their shoes in a very real sense. The former inmate was incarcerated from 2008 to 2012 at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center. “Society kind of failed me,” Luther says. “Family failed me. Relationships failed me.   Read More...

  • City of Lawton water outage affects Lawton Correctional Facility

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- A city water line break has cut service for approximately the next 12 hours to Lawton Correctional Facility.The facility has several days of bottled water in storage, as well as numerous resources in place to ensure inmates have access to water for drinking, food preparation and flushing toilets.Additionally, LCF will acquire additional portable toilets and has requested a tanker truck from an area volunteer fire department to assist.LCF is a privately operated medium/maximum-se...  Read More...

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    #FugitiveFriday: Donald C. Jones

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Donald C. Jones walked away July 19 from Tulsa Transitional Center. Jones, also known as Donald C. McMahan, is white, about 5-feet 9-inches tall, and weighs approximately 147 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Jones was serving time for Lincoln County sentences on possession of a stolen vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 405-425-2698 or email warrants@doc.ok.gov.   Read More...

  • Final MACC walkaway arrested

    Mack Alford Correctional Center staff and Oklahoma Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents have located and arrested Jesse Rapan Jr. He was found around 3:35 p.m. near the facility. Rapan is the second of two inmates who walked away early this morning from MACC.   Read More...

  • 2 walk away from MACC minimum-security unit; 1 in custody

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Two inmates walked away early Wednesday morning from the minimum-security unit at Mack Alford Correctional Center in Atoka. One was located a short time later, and the second remains outstanding.Jesse Rapan Jr. and Randy W.   Read More...

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    #MakingADifference - Ruth Boyd

    Oklahoma Department of Corrections volunteer Ruth Boyd says her love of helping inmates began with her father ages ago. Her father, James Garner, a government professor at what’s now known as Southern Nazarene University, held a regular Bible study at the Oklahoma County jail. The stories he would tell her, Boyd says, of the inmates at the facility enthralled her and her siblings. He passed on a love of service to her, and she’s been volunteering at Mabel Bassett Correction...  Read More...

  • Lexington Correctional Center walkaway arrested

    OKLAHOMA CITY – An inmate who walked away Monday from the minimum security unit at Lexington Correctional Center was arrested later that night. Curtis Seals, Jr., 39, was found around 10:30 p.m. at the Canadian River, about 1 mile south of 144th Street and Box Road in Cleveland County. An Oklahoma Department of Corrections emergency response team, Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents, an ODOC K9 unit and area law enforcement participated in the search. ODOC tracke...  Read More...

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    Minimum Security Inmate Walks Away from Lexington Prison

    LEXINGTON – This morning, at approximately 8 a.m., correctional officers at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center initiated a routine inmate count. Inmate Curtis Seals Jr, 39, was not present during the count in the minimum security area of the prison. He was present during the 6 a.m.   Read More...

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    #FugitiveFriday: Christy M. Lauderdale

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Christy M. Lauderdale removed her GPS monitor May 31 while under supervision. Lauderdale is white, about 5-feet 5-inches tall, and weighs approximately 240 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. She was serving time for possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute out of Stephens County. Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 405-425-2698 or email warrants@doc.ok.gov. All calls and emails are confidential. Chr...  Read More...

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    DCCC Graduation - Getting Ahead While Getting Out

    On August 3, 2018, the Dick Conner Correctional Center graduated the third class of “Getting Ahead While Getting Out”, since the program began in 2016. Ten graduates received certificates. Oklahoma Department of Corrections volunteers, Stan and Pat Mills conducted classes 2.5 hours per week for 20 weeks at the minimum security unit. The United States imprisons more people than any other nation in the world. Rarely discussed, however, is that more than 90% of those prisoners will be rel...  Read More...

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    #MakingADifference - Cheri Fuller

    Cheri Fuller, executive director of the Oklahoma Messages Project, saw a statistic back in 2008 that caused her jaw to drop. The former high school and college-level English teacher came across an article on how women’s incarceration harms their children’s development in lasting ways. Research shows maternal incarceration can harm children’s well-being, ChildTrends.org reports. Most female inmates are mothers, and their children can show anxiety, depression, and behavioral problems.&nb...  Read More...

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    ICYMI: Will 'hero' emerge to lead Oklahoma corrections reform?

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    ICYMI: Governors: We need bipartisan criminal justice reform to improve lives and our workforce

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  • Stabbing injures Lawton Correctional Facility inmate; ODOC investigating

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is investigating a stabbing on Saturday that injured a Lawton Correctional Facility inmate. Inmate James Bever was found lying in a pod shower with multiple stab wounds. He was transported via ambulance to a hospital and later flown to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Bever, 36, is serving time on a seven-year Pittsburg County sentence for escape. The incident is the second stabbing at the facility in a week. Inmate George ...  Read More...

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    #FugitiveFriday: Tommy W. Ryburn

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Tommy W. Ryburn walked away from Tulsa Transitional Center June 24.Ryburn is white, about 5-feet 8-inches tall, and weighs approximately 220 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was serving time for drug possession out of Le Flore and Latimer counties. Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 405-425-2698 or email warrants@doc.ok.gov. All calls and emails are confidential.Tommy Ryburn, #526821   Read More...

  • ODOC statement on death penalty protocol development

    Our agency has been deluged by questions from reporters about the supposed existence of a “deadline” in July for developing the state’s death penalty protocol for nitrogen hypoxia. To be clear, ODOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh stated during a news conference with Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter in March, “I’m hoping to have something of a preliminary fashion in the next 90 to 120 days.” At no point in the press conference nor since then has ODOC d...  Read More...

  • Lawton Correctional Facility inmate hospitalized after assault

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A Lawton Correctional Facility inmate was beaten and stabbed during an assault Monday night. Inmate George Haga, 37, was assaulted around 9:40 p.m. by inmates on a facility pod. An ambulance took Haga to an area hospital where he was still hospitalized on Tuesday. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is investigating what led to the assault. Haga is serving time on a 15-year sentence out of Oklahoma County for firearm possession, acquiring proceeds fro...  Read More...

  • Fight at North Fork Correctional Center injures 7 inmates

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- A fight injured seven inmates Sunday at a men's medium-security prison located in Sayre. The incident took place around 5:10 p.m. on a North Fork Correctional Center housing unit. Four inmates were transported to hospitals in Sayre and Elk City for treatment. None of their injuries was life-threatening. No staff were injured. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections, which operates the 2,225-inmate prison, has placed the facility on lock down until further ...  Read More...

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    32 correctional officers graduate

    The Oklahoma Department of Corrections congratulates 32 new correctional officers who graduated from the 6-week training academy Thursday. The newly sworn officers are assigned across the state at facilities needing more manpower. The Oklahoma State Reformatory in McAlester gets the biggest boost with 5 new officers.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Earl A. Julien

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Earl A. Julien walked away from Tulsa Transitional Center July 9th. He is considered armed and dangerous.   Read More...

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    #MakingADifference - Ellen Stackable

    #MakingADifference - Ellen Stackable has spent 20 years in the classroom teaching English and writing to grade school students. In the past few years, she wanted to expand her reach to students behind bars. She, and up to 30 other volunteers, now spend time inside women’s prisons across Oklahoma teaching inmates how to express themselves through writing.   Read More...

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    Man serving burglary sentence walks away from Jackie Brannon Correctional Center

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A man serving time on a second-degree burglary conviction out of Delaware County walked away early Sunday morning from a McAlester minimum security prison. Morgan L. Mitzner, 57, was last seen around 3:50 a.m. at Jackie Brannon Correctional Center.   Read More...

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    Jackie Brannon Correctional Center walkaway arrested

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- A man who walked away over the weekend from Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester was arrested Monday. ODOC Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents tracked Morgan L. Mitzner to a stretch of train tracks south of Crowder near U.S. 69. Mitzner walked away early Sunday morning from JBCC, a minimum-security prison for men. He was serving a 30-year sentence for second-degree burglary in Delaware County.    Read More...

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    ODOC details efforts to end walkaways at Jess Dunn Correctional Center

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has undertaken a number of efforts to improve security at a facility that has had four inmates walk away from it since January.Completed Thursday, ODOC has moved all Jess Dunn Correctional Center’s 1,122 male inmates to bright orange instead of gray uniforms, part of a move system-wide to phase out the less visible, darker clothing.The orange is immediately visible, and uniforms have the word “INMATE” brightly emblazo...  Read More...

  • ICYMI: Muskogee Phoenix - OUR VIEW: A chance to form bonds

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    MACC walkaway captured; Woman arrested for assisting and harboring

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- An inmate who walked away from Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown has been arrested. A woman who picked him up after he walked off the facility's grounds was also arrested. Oklahoma Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents located Johnny Simmons, 34, late Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area along Oklahoma 48, one mile south of Coleman.  Tammy Edwards was arrested in McAlester for aiding in his escape and harboring a fugi...  Read More...

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    #MakingADifference - Chief Michael Pettey

    Most Oklahoma Department of Corrections facilities are in rural parts of Oklahoma. Many of the people who work them also serve Oklahomans in a variety of other ways. One big way is volunteer firefighting. The state’s fifth-largest agency has hundreds of staff members who are volunteer firefighters, taking calls 24-7 on everything from helping injured motorists in car wrecks on rural highways to fighting wildfires in blistering heat. Chief Michael Pettey in Fort Supply is one of those.   Read More...

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    Inmate walks away from Mack Alford Correctional Center minimum-security unit

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Department of Corrections and Stringtown-area law enforcement are looking for an inmate who walked away early Wednesday morning from Mack Alford Correctional Center’s minimum-security unit. The inmate, Johnny Simmons, 34, was last seen running away from the facility around 1:30 a.m. Simmons is described as white, 5-feet 11-inches tall, weighing approximately 210 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was discovered missing during a 2 a.m. c...  Read More...

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    Facebook tip leads to arrest of 2 fugitives in Stilwell

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A tip received the Oklahoma Department of Corrections received over Facebook led to the arrest Monday of two fugitives. The tip about a stolen vehicle led to Stilwell Police finding Avery Flores around 7 p.m. outside the 59 Fuel and Feed gas station. Found with him was Lynzie Hummingbird, a Northeastern District of Probation and Parole absconder who was known to be with him. Flores walked away Dec. 21 from Tulsa Transitional Center, where he was serving time ...  Read More...

  • HVAC MALFUNCTIONS AT LEXINGTON ASSESSMENT & RECEPTION CENTER

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A chiller unit at Lexington Assessment & Reception Center malfunctioned Tuesday morning, causing an air conditioning outage in several facility locations. Affected areas include administration, medical, visiting, mailroom and housing units 3-5. The outage began around 8 a.m. LARC staff are using fans to help circulate air in the affected areas and help keep inmates cool. The outage is expected to continue overnight Tuesday and through much of Wednesday. A...  Read More...

  • ODOC Arrests Former Kate Barnard Correctional Center Chaplain

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations Unit has arrested the former chaplain of Kate Barnard Correctional Center, a minimum-security prison for women. The agency immediately began an investigation on Thursday after it learned of a possible inappropriate relationship between an inmate and Chaplain Don Dickerson. Dickerson, an ODOC employee since August 2000, admitted during an interview with an ODOC agent that he had sexual ...  Read More...

  • 3 walk away from Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite

    1 arrested; 2 still outstanding OKLAHOMA CITY -- Three inmates walked away Wednesday morning from Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Reports. One was apprehended shortly afterward, and the remaining two were still unaccounted for Wednesday afternoon. The inmates are: · Jody Elmore, 29, serving a three-year sentence for forgery out of McIntosh County. · Chad Adams, a 32-year-old serving a seven-year sentence for car...  Read More...

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    ODOC tours Capitol restoration project

    ODOC staff members Ashlee Clemmons, Tina Hicks, David Cincotta, Faron Bryant, Charles Brewer, and Marilyn Davidson (not shown) got the chance to tour the Capitol Restoration Project today with Trait Thompson, the project’s manager.Lawmakers authorized a $116.5 million dollar bond for ODOC last session to pay for construction and maintenance needs across the agency – items that range from new roofs and locks for cell doors to lighting and plumbing.Today, Thompson led our group through the Capitol...  Read More...

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    ODOC staff: Giving back and having fun

    Our staff come from all walks of life and backgrounds. One commonality is they all like to give back to their state and have a little fun, too. No one is a better example than Brandi Graham-Martinez. By day, the Material Management Specialist helps manage inventory at Howard McLeod Correctional Center’s warehouse outside Atoka. At home, she’s a mother of five, three of whom she and her husband, HMCC Tool Control Officer and Sgt. Rique Martinez, just finished adopting.&...  Read More...

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    Inmate escapes Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft

    TAFT, OK -- Thursday, July 5, an inmate housed at the Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft walked away from the prison at approximately 8 a.m. A correctional officer witnessed Markus Perry run from the facility and go into a nearby wooded area. DOC employees immediately contacted the local sheriff’s office and surrounding police departments. Employees also visited many residents living ...  Read More...

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    ICYMI: KOSU: Q&A: Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh

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  • MBCC staff donate over 100 cases of water bottles to area first responders

    Last April, wildfires burned thousands of acres west of Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ medium-security prison for women, Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, in McLoud. Wanting to help out, MBCC staff held a fundraiser to purchase bottled water for area volunteer fire departments and emergency rescue services. On June 1, MBCC staff delivered 50 cases of water to the Newalla Fire Department – just as fire crews were getting called out to fight another blaze. Staff also de...  Read More...

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    ICYMI: Tulsa World: Oklahoma Corrections Director: Three things Oklahoma must do now that it is No. 1 in imprisoning its own people

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  • ICYMI: Tulsa World editorial: Solutions are available for Oklahoma to shed No. 1 incarceration ranking

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Ryland Miller

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Ryland Miller is a parole violator out of the southwest district of Probation and Parole Services. He has been missing since June 8. Miller is described as white, about 6-feet tall, and weighing about 169 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. When he walked away, he was serving time for trafficking in illegal drugs and distribution of controlled dangerous substance conviction out of Stephens County. Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 405-425...  Read More...

  • ICYMI: DOC Director: Oklahoma can do better on corrections

    For years, lawmakers and subject matter experts have discussed Oklahoma's female incarceration rate, the highest in the nation and more than double the national average. Now we can add to that distinction the nation's highest male incarceration rate. According to a Prison Policy Initiative report, "States of Incarceration: The Global Context 2018," Oklahoma has unseated Louisiana as the world's incarceration capital.    Read More...

  • 41 cadets graduate Thursday at Healdton Assembly of God; eighth graduation of 2018

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections welcomed 41 cadets to its correctional officer family during a graduation Thursday at Healdton Assembly of God in Healdton. The agency's eighth graduating class of 2018 will join a workforce with ample opportunities for advancement, as well as competitive benefits and retirement. ODOC employs more than 1,800 correctional security officers. These graduates will help the agency replenish a force that turned over by 25 percent in...  Read More...

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    ICYMI: News on 6: JBCC's Program Uses Inmates To Train Service Dogs For Veterans

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  • ICYMI: News on 6: JBCC's Program Uses Inmates To Train Service Dogs For Veterans

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    ICYMI: NewsOK - No standing still on criminal justice reform

    NOTHING is ever simple when it comes to criminal justice reform in Oklahoma, as is seen in inmates' frustration that a state question approved by voters in 2016 doesn't benefit them.   Read More...

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    OSR water service restored

    Outage began Sunday night OKLAHOMA CITY -- Water service was restored Tuesday morning at Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite, and operations at the facility have returned to normal. An outage, which started Sunday, began when staff found the prison’s 250,000-gallon water tower drained, causing water to be shut off to most of the 108-year-old minimum security prison for men. Oklahoma Department of Corrections officials learned Monday night the source of the problem was a le...  Read More...

  • OSR experiencing water outage; inmates, staff have drinking water

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Department of Corrections maintenance crews are working to locate and repair the cause of a water outage that began Sunday night at Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.The 108-year-old facility’s water tower was discovered empty Sunday after a large water line break was repaired south of the facility on Saturday. As the tower’s water level dropped, so did water pressure inside the prison, causing every toilet to flush until the tower was empty. O...  Read More...

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    12 cadets graduate from ODOC CO academy

    MCALESTER, Okla. – Twelve cadets graduated from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections cadet training academy. Thursday’s graduation, held at Lakewood Christian Church, was the agency’s seventh of 2018. ODOC employs more than 1,800 correctional security officers. These graduates will help the agency replenish a force that turned over by 25 percent in Fiscal Year 2017. The agency has two cadet training academies, the Wilson Training Academy and Satellite Training ...  Read More...

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    Cadet Lawman Academy tours Eddie Warrior and Jess Dunn correctional centers

    Twenty-five cadets with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Cadet Lawman Academy toured Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft on Wednesday. The cadets, consisting of female junior and senior high schoolers interested in a career in law enforcement, learned about life behind bars, educational programs and treatment services Oklahoma Department of Corrections inmates receive. The tour started at the Chapel and proceeded to Dorm 1, Dorm 3, RTP, Food Service, Programs, Procom and b...  Read More...

  • ODOC investigating Dick Conner Correctional Center fight that injured 5 inmates

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is investigating a fight that injured five inmates Saturday at Dick Conner Correctional Center. The fight took place between rival groups of individuals housed at DCCC, a medium-security prison for men in Hominy. Two inmates were transported via medical helicopter and a third via ambulance to Tulsa hospitals.   Read More...

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    UPDATE: JDCC walkaway Riffey captured in Spiro

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has learned that Jess Correctional Center walkaway Mark Riffey has been arrested by Spiro police. Police took Riffey into custody after receiving a call Monday afternoon from a member of the public about a man matching his description walking through a parking lot. Riffey was arrested without incident, and will be booked at LeFlore County jail. He walked away May 29 from Jess Dunn Correctional Center, a minimum security priso...  Read More...

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    Fire damages probation and parole office; offenders urged to contact their PPO officers

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Logan County offenders needing to check in with their Oklahoma Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Officers should contact their officers at the numbers below. PPO Julie Hensley: 405-315-9800 PPO Ron Shipman: 405-315-9792 This is necessary because a fire Sunday in downtown Guthrie heavily damaged ODOC Probation and Parole Services' satellite office. The office, which was home to three officers and one training officer, and its contents are believed ...  Read More...

  • ODOC, Sequoyah County Sheriff's deputies arrest 2 in Riffey walkaway

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents and Sequoyah County Sherrif’s deputies have arrested two in the walkaway last week of a Jess Dunn Correctional Center inmate.Corbett Perkins and Dee Riffey were booked into the Sequoyah County Jail on Friday for complaints of harboring a fugitive. Perkins was also booked for assault and battery on a police officer and obstruction of justice.Perkins is the brother-in-law of JDCC walkaway...  Read More...

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    ODOC unveils Mabel Bassett Correctional Center dog training facility

    MCLOUD, Okla. – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday for its Serelda Cody Dog Training Facility inside Mabel Bassett Correctional Center. The event unveiled a 2,982 square-foot kennel that will expand the medium-security prison for women’s Guardian Angels Program. The facility is the result of a thriving statewide collaboration between ODOC and CareerTech. “The Serelda Cody Dog Training Facility is a product of our incredi...  Read More...

  • ODOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh Statement on Selection of Senators Kim David and Roger Thompson for Senate Leadership Posts

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh has released the following statement on State Senate Majority Floor Leader and future President Pro Tempore Greg Treat’s appointment of Senators Kim David and Roger Thompson to leadership roles for the next session.“We are extremely pleased with Senator Greg Treat’s selection of Senators Kim David and Roger Thompson for leadership roles in the Senate.As Senate Appropriations Committee chair last sessio...  Read More...

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    Lexington Correctional Center Staff participate in Land Run Parade

    On Saturday, April 28, the Lexington Correctional Center took part in Lexington's annual festival honoring Oklahoma's Land Run of 1889. Employees set up a display providing information on career opportunities at the facility. Correctional officers interacted with the public, hoping to educate and hopefully recruit new staff members. The display was comprised of a Central Transportation Unit bus that was open for public viewing. Also on display was the new receiving prisone...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Jason M. Ducharme

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Jason M. Ducharme let his GPS monitor die on April 16 and failed to report afterward as ordered to Probation and Parole Services. Ducharme is white, about 5-feet 10-inches tall, and weighs approximately 176 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. He was serving time for possession and distribution of controlled dangerous substance with intent out of Oklahoma County. Anyone with information on Ducharme can call our escapee hotline at (866) 363-1119 or email warrants...  Read More...

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    ICYMI: The Shawnee News-Star: ODOC staff, volunteers honored on Senate, House floors

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    DOC director: Oklahoma prisons in precarious spot

    ODOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh penned this column that appeared Sunday in the editorial pages of The Oklahoman, the state's largest daily newspaper. The column notes similarities between our struggles, and those of North and South Carolina's state prisons. The Director urges Oklahoma leaders to adequately fund ODOC so it can offer more competitive pay and attract more correctional officers. The column also notes that, even with the state's planned state employee raise, ...  Read More...

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    ODOC staff, volunteers honored on Senate, House floors

    OKLAHOMA CITY – State lawmakers at the Capitol on Monday honored Oklahoma Department of Corrections employees and a volunteer for bravery and exemplary service to the state.Lawmakers gave standing ovations to 14 ODOC employees and one volunteer on the floor of the State House and Senate. The group also got to meet for a photo with Governor Mary Fallin, who congratulated them on their recognition, and thanked them for their service to the people of Oklahoma.“Oklahoma Department of Cor...  Read More...

  • ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Avery Flores

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Avery Flores walked away Dec. 20 from the Tulsa Transitional Center.Flores, 36, is described as Native-American, with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5-feet 9-inches tall, weighing about 196 pounds.When he walked away, he was serving time for drug possession out of Cherokee County. Flores is thought to be with Lynzie Hummingbird, who also has felony warrants out for her arrest.Hummingbird, 31, is a parole absconder from Oklahoma Department of Corrections' Northeast Distric...  Read More...

  • ICYMI: News9: Inside look at 110 year old prison in granite

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    ODOC Employee Anetta Bullock shares her story from April 19, 1995

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Anetta Bullock’s memory is a bit hazy, but when she starts talking about it, the memories come flooding back to April 19, 1995.Bullock was working for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections on the third floor of the then-Journal Record building, 621 N. Robinson Ave., that morning. An administrative professional in the office, she was typing away at a document on her computer when she noticed something odd.“All of a sudden there was weird feeling, and it felt like the air just pre...  Read More...

  • ODOC Director Allbaugh thanks lawmakers for advancing criminal justice reform bills

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh thanked lawmakers for advancing six bills on Tuesday that will reduce the state’s projected inmate population growth.SB 649, SB 689, SB 786, SB 793, HB 2281, and HB 2286 are expected to reduce the strain of Oklahoma’s projected prison population growth. The measures are revised from a package initially recommended by the governor’s Oklahoma Justice Reform Task Force in 2016.“The advancement ...  Read More...

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    North Fork Correctional Center Career Fair planned for Thursday, April 19, at SWOSU in Weatherford

    WEATHERFORD, Oklahoma – North Fork Correctional Center will hold a career fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s student union. The medium-security prison for men located in Sayre is hiring correctional security officers and medical/mental health personnel.   Read More...

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    ODOC, U.S. Marshals and Houston Police arrest 1981 walkaway

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents, U.S. Marshals and Houston Police arrested a man Thursday who walked away in 1981 from Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft. ODOC agents tracked Stephen M. Paris to Houston through the obituary of his mother who had recently died.   Read More...

  • Jess Dunn walkaway arrested in Oklahoma City

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Nathan Harmon, who walked away March 29 from Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft, was arrested Wednesday night by Oklahoma City police.  The arrest took place during a traffic stop at the intersection of SE 89th Street and South Shields Boulevard. Oklahoma Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents had tracked Harmon to the Oklahoma City area. After the stop, Harmon, 32, was booked in to Oklahoma County jail on a hold for ODOC, as well a...  Read More...

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    ICYMI: StateImpact Oklahoma: Other State Workers Feel Ignored as Teacher Walkout Continues

    The Oklahoma teacher walkout and educators’ demands for more school funding dominates the news. It’s unclear if lawmakers are willing to meet those demands and quell daily protests. One lingering question: If schools get more money, what happens to other state agencies and workers who need funding, too?   Read More...

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    Fugitive Friday: Jess Dunn Correctional Center Walkaway Nathan Harmon

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Nathan Harmon walked away Thursday, March 29, from Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft.Harmon is white, about 5-feet 10-inches tall, and weighs approximately 200 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.When he walked away, he was serving time for multiple felony convictions out of Oklahoma, Coal, Bryan and Cleveland counties for crimes including theft, pawning stolen goods, second-degree burglary and escape from lawful arrest.Harmon is alleged to have stolen the personal pickup ...  Read More...

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    ODOC staff win 2017 State Charitable Campaign's "Largest Percentage Increase" trophy

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Department of Corrections staff won 2017’s State Charitable Campaign award for “Largest Percentage Increase.” ODOC staff raised $6,408.43 for the State Charitable Campaign last year, blowing away by more than 166 percent 2016’s total of $2,408.28. Mandated by state law, the SCC offers a convenient, accountable way for state employees to give to nonprofit organizations.  Each year, state employees give more than $500,000 to more than 160...  Read More...

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    Jess Dunn Correctional Center walkaway captured outside Okmulgee

    OKMULGEE -- Acting on information provided by Oklahoma Department of Corrections Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents, Okmulgee County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Jess Dunn Correctional Center walkaway Thursday morning.  Deputies located Todd Hicks, 52, in a trailer park outside of Okmulgee. They took him into custody around 8 a.m.   Read More...

  • Board of Corrections approves ODOC $8.75 million supplemental appropriation request

    MCLOUD – The Board of Corrections approved unanimously Tuesday the Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ submission of a supplemental appropriation request to the State Legislature. The approval, which the Board granted during its regular meeting at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, gives the agency the go-ahead to request $8.75 million from lawmakers. “This is a necessity,” said ODOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh, of the agency’s request. “Corrections is ...  Read More...

  • Mack Alford Correctional Center weekend visitation cancelled

    STRINGTOWN - Saturday and Sunday visitation is canceled at Mack Alford Correctional Center. For more on visitation at MACC and other info, go to doc.ok.gov. Click here for ODOC's visitation policy.  Media Contact:  Matt Elliott, Communications Director   matthew.elliott@doc.ok.gov (405) 425-2520   (405) 435-9173    Read More...

  • #ICYMI: Budget chair gives hope for new prison borrowing

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    #ICYMI: Oklahoma Correctional Industries helps city of Albany digitize records

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  • Attorney General Hunter, Corrections Director Allbaugh announce inert gas inhalation as primary choice of execution

    Attorney General Hunter, Corrections Director Allbaugh Announce Inert Gas Inhalation as Primary Choice of Execution | Oklahoma Attorney General New protocol currently being developed OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter and Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh today announced inert gas inhalation will be the state’s primary method of execution once a protocol is developed and finalized. The new method’s adoption comes as officials with the Oklahoma Depart...  Read More...

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    56 correctional officers graduate

    HEALDTON, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections graduated 56 correctional security officers on March 8 at Healdton Assembly of God. Part of more than 1,800 correctional security officers at ODOC, these graduates will help the agency replenish a force that turned over by 25 percent in Fiscal Year 2017. Thursday's graduation is the agency's fourth of 2018. ODOC remains under a hiring freeze, but correctional officers, food service and maintenance workers are exclud...  Read More...

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    Oklahoma Department of Corrections' Probation and Parole graduates honored

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma Department of Corrections' Probation and Parole had a number of graduates honored during this Council on Law Enforcement Education & Training graduation last Friday, March 2, 2018.Please join us in congratulating the following CLEET graduates:Collin Parks (JMMCDPP), Ryan McClain (JMMCDPP), Phyllis Langley (JMMCDPP), Jeremy Wiles (JMMCDPP), Brendan Walsh (JMMCDPP), Tony Wright (JMMCDPP), Cecilia Hawthorne (JMMCDPP), Ezequiel Ramos-Molina (TCDPP), Hunter Bruce (SE...  Read More...

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    ICYMI: Clocking in: Some Oklahoma prisoners are plying a trade behind bars

    HOMINY — The men making beans and cornbread waited for the men making state license plates. “Don't forget the tip,” one of them said, ladling applesauce onto a tray while other men milled around the lunch line. He wouldn't get one, but just a dollar would double the two quarters an hour he hustles for. Even here, in a workplace surrounded by razor wire and steel reminders of a life sentence, a man can take pride in his work.    Read More...

  • ODOC: 25 correctional officers graduate

    MCALESTER, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections graduated 25 correctional security officers on Thursday at King's House.  "We are proud to have these new officers join our team," said ODOC Director Joe M.   Read More...

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    Crisis Negotiation Team earns national honor at Texas competition

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Nine members of Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) took fifth place in a recent competition pitting law enforcement and corrections teams against each other in a hostage scenario to test their skills.“It’s one of those things that we want to prepare and be ready for, but we hope we never need it,” said Amandia Callen, an ODOC Administrative Review Specialist and the agency’s team captain.ODOC was one of 28 teams to com...  Read More...

  • ODOC enforces purchasing freeze in response to state budget cuts

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh instituted a purchasing freeze Wednesday, the latest action in ODOC's response to expected cuts to its Fiscal Year 2018 state appropriations. The purchasing freeze, which comes after a hiring freeze enacted last week, is effective immediately. It restricts agency purchases to essential products and services, such as inmates' food, medical care, and janitorial supplies.   Read More...

  • ODOC initiates hiring freeze for most agency positions

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh has placed the agency on a hiring freeze for most positions, citing uncertainty over Fiscal Year 2018 budget cuts after the failure of this week’s Step Up Oklahoma proposal in the State House of Representatives. The hiring freeze affects all agency positions except for correctional officers, food service workers and maintenance staff, as well as those who already have employment offers issued. &ldqu...  Read More...

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    Hot Seat: Oklahoma State Prisons Outlook

    Did you see Director Joe M. Allbaugh on the Hot Seat last Saturday with Scott Mitchell? If not, here's the video of the full interview.   Read More...

  • Saturday News 9's "Hot Seat" to feature Director Allbaugh

    Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh will be featured at 7:50 a.m. Saturday on KWTV News 9's "The Hot Seat" hosted by reporter Scott Mitchell.In the broadcast, the Director will discuss the legislative session, across-the-board pay raises for staff, aging ODOC facilities and other issues.Cox Communications subscribers can find KWTV at Channel 53.   Read More...

  • ODOC Director Allbaugh responds to Governor's State of the State Address

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Corrections Director Joe M. Allbaugh applauded Gov. Mary Fallin’s State of the State Address on Monday, which included comments urging lawmakers to pass smart-on-crime justice reform, and a pledge to sign bills proposed by the Oklahoma Justice Reform Task Force. Fallin also called for renewed focus on care for the mentally ill and addicted accused of crimes – instead of cramming them into a prison system without regard for their treatment. “The govern...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Hubert Agee

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Hubert Agee either removed or let the battery die on his GPS ankle monitor December 21, 2017.  Agee is described as 6-feet 2-inches tall, weighing approximately 198 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was serving time for felony drug possession convictions out of Mayes County. Callers with information on Agee can call our escapee hotline at (866) 363-1119 or email warrants@doc.ok.gov. All calls and e-mails are confidential.   Read More...

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    ICYMI: FarmTalk: Correctional Cattlemen Oklahoma Department of Corrections invests in agricultural opportunities

    Farm Talk last November recently featured Oklahoma Department of Corrections' famous beef program. Journalist Raney Rapp visited Howard McLeod Correctional Center near Atoka to get a ground-level view of the agency's cattle operations, which systemwide total to approximately 2,000 head of commercial beef cattle. Raney writes: "Raising consistent cattle statewide with an inmate labor force comes with unique challenges and opportunities, but Agri-Services director Brad Bailey said it’s b...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Troy Peiffer

    Troy Peiffer - Escapee from Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center Troy Peiffer walked away on Dec. 16, 2017, from Jim E.   Read More...

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    ODOC holds evidence-based practices training for criminal justice programs

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections hosted one of the nation’s leading minds in evidence-based practice in criminal justice programs on Wednesday.About 100 ODOC leadership and agency program staff joined representatives from the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, lawmakers, and nonprofit leaders for a talk by Professor Edward Latessa at the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. Latessa is the Director of the University of Cincinnati’s School of Criminal Justice, a r...  Read More...

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    ODOC graduates 52 correctional officers

    HEALDTON, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections graduated 52 correctional security officers Monday at Healdton Assembly of God, culminating its second academy class of 2018.“It’s an honor to welcome these new, dedicated individuals into our service,” said ODOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh.   Read More...

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    Tulsa World: Why does Oklahoma need $1 billion more for corrections? It's on track to lead the U.S. in incarceration, DOC director says

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  • KFOR News Channel 4: Oklahoma Department of Corrections presents 2019 budget request, includes 2 new prisons

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    The Frontier: Oklahoma prison officials show photographs of crumbling infrastructure, ask Legislature for $1.53 billion

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  • Oklahoma No. 2 in the nation in overall incarceration in 2016; No. 1 in female incarceration

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released its annual inmate census report detailing federal/state inmate populations and incarceration rates for 2016. The report by BJS shows Oklahoma was second in the nation in overall incarceration rates for 2016 - with 673 people incarcerated per 100,000 residents.  Louisiana, with 760 inmates per 100,000 residents, led the country - the national average was 397 per 100,000. In 2016, Oklahoma continued to lead the nati...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Gary Jenkins

    Gary Jenkins - Parole Violator from Southwest District  Jenkins violated his parole with the Southwest District Probation and Parole Office. An arrest warrant was issued Dec. 4, 2017. Jenkins is a 68-year-old white man with brown hair and brown eyes.   Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Avery Flores

    Avery Flores - Walkaway from Tulsa Transitional Center Flores walked away Dec. 20 from the Tulsa Transitional Center. He is a 35-year-old Native-American man with black hair and brown eyes.   Read More...

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    25 new Correctional Officers graduate

    Satellite Training Academy Jan. 3 class photo  MCALESTER, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections commissioned 25 new correctional security officers during its academy graduation Wednesday at The King’s House. The new officers join the more than 1,800 correctional security officers who staff the 24 ODOC facilities in communities across the state. These officers participated in a six-week-long training course at the Satellite Training Academy at Oklahoma State Penitentiary....  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Steven D. Hervey

    Steven D. Hervey - Walkaway from Carver Transitional Center Hervey walked away Dec. 12 from the Carver Transitional Center in Oklahoma City.   Read More...

  • DCCC Fourth Quarter Employee Recognition Event held Nov. 29

    Dick Conner Correctional Center’s (DCCC) Warden, Janet Dowling, and her staff celebrated the 2017 Employees of the Fourth Quarter and recognized October, November and December Longevity Service Award recipients Nov. 29 at the 2017 Fourth Quarter Employee Recognition Event. Non-Uniformed Employee of the Quarter Unit Manager Travis Gray is the 2017 Non-Uniformed Employee of the Fourth Quarter. Gray began his career with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections as a cadet in 1995 and h...  Read More...

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    LARC escapee arrested in Arizona

    Police in Phoenix, Arizona, have arrested an Oklahoma Department of Corrections inmate who escaped Saturday from the minimum security unit of Lexington Assessment and Reception Center.ODOC Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents tracked Ronnie Henderson, DOC No. 454166, to a Super 8 in Phoenix. There, they contacted police, who responded immediately.   Read More...

  • ODOC terminates OKC halfway house contract; cites public safety concerns

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has terminated its contract with Catalyst Behavioral Services to operate an Oklahoma City halfway house due to lapses in inmate safety and security.Monday morning, ODOC correctional officers responded to the Catalyst’s Invahoe and Cameo location at 415 NW Eighth St. with buses to move the department’s inmates in the providers care to other facilities. “We had ongoing serious concerns about the safety of Catalyst&...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Michael M. Watts

    Michael M. Watts - Walkaway from Tulsa Transitional Center Watts walked away from the Tulsa Transitional Center on Feb. 11, 2017.   Read More...

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    Ex-youthful offender speaks to ODOC staff and Joseph Harp youthful offenders

    Ex-youthful offender speaks to ODOC staff and Joseph Harp youthful offenders LEXINGTON, Okla. - Xavier McElrath-Bey was arrested 19 times and had 7 convictions by age 11. At 13 years old, he was convicted of a gang-related murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Now, he is a Senior Adviser and National Advocate for the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in Washington, D.C., advocating for legislative changes for juvenile life sentences without parole. McElrath-Bey was i...  Read More...

  • ODOC 2019 budget request unveiled - Includes staff raises, 2 medium-security prisons, expanded programs

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Department of Corrections will request $1.53 billion in state funding for Fiscal Year 2019, including $813 million for two new medium security prisons. Other priorities include support to expand re-entry, mental health and substance abuse programs, officials announced. The request, which was unanimously approved by ODOC’s Board of Corrections on Nov. 28, is a more than $1 billion increase over the department’s Fiscal Year 2018 appropriation of $485 ...  Read More...

  • The Frontier Article: For second year, state corrections board requests more than $1 billion in state funding

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Erica S. Wilder

    Erica S. Wilder - Walkaway from Turley Residential Center Wilder walked away Nov. 6, 2017, from the Turley Residential Center in Tulsa, where she was serving time for drug possession and forgery.   Read More...

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    ODOC case manager led team of volunteers to Houston for hurricane relief

    ODOC case manager led team of volunteers to Houston for hurricane relief  Allen Woodworth, a Case Manager IV at the Tulsa County District Probation & Parole Office, connects offenders in halfway houses and under GPS supervision with necessary social services. When he isn’t in the office, Woodworth volunteers with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, and he spent the week of Nov. 13-17 leading a team of volunteers in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston. During the fiv...  Read More...

  • ODOC honors 20 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...

  • 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.&nbs...  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

    Chelsie Bennett - Walkaway from Turley Residential Center  Bennett 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. "Ou...  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. T...  Read More...

  • Gas leak reported at Oklahoma City Community Corrections Center

    Service to be out until at least Monday OKLAHOMA 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, lo...  Read More...

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    ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Donna Reyes

    Donna Reyes - Escapee from Turley Residential Center  Reyes 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.   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...

  • ODOC, 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 3...  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 attorn...  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

    http://newsok.com/oklahoma-inmate-release-plan-a-result-of-doc-frustration/article/5566113   Read More...

  • 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. Lilley Correctional Center’s new 5,000 square-foot chapel this week. Kansas-based World Mission Builders is constructing the chapel at no cost to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, which operates the minimum-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.&n...  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 employe...  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 Direc...  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 Po...  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 positio...  Read More...

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