Oklahoma Department of Corrections

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Oklahoma Department of Corrections
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Agency overview
Formed May 8, 1967
Preceding Agency Oklahoma Commissioner of Charities and Corrections
Headquarters 3400 Martin Luther King Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Employees 4,341 classified
367 unclassified
Annual budget $ 618 million
Ministers responsible Michael C. Thompson, Secretary of Safety and Security
David C. Henneke, Chair of the Board
Agency executive Justin Jones, Director
Parent agency Oklahoma State Board of Corrections
Website Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC or ODOC) is an agency of the state of Oklahoma. DOC is responsible for the administration of the state prison system. It has its headquarters in Oklahoma City,[1] across the street from the headquarters of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

The Department of Corrections is governed by the seven-member Board of Corrections. All members are appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma, with the approval of the Oklahoma Senate, to serve six-year terms. Each of Oklahoma's five Congressional districts is represented by at least one member on the Board, with the remaining two members being appointed from the State at-large. No more than four members of the Board may be from any one political party. The Board is responsible for setting the policies of the Department, approve the annual budget request, and for appointing the Director of Corrections. The Director, who serves at the pleasure of the Board, is the chief executive of the Department. The current Director of Corrections is Justin Jones.

The Department of Corrections was established in 1967 during the term of Governor Henry Bellmon.

History[edit]

Prior to 1908, Oklahoma would send prisoners to the Kansas Penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas. After a disputed report on the conditions in the Kansas Penitentiary, Oklahoma opened an institution in the former federal jail in McAlester.[2]

On January 10, 1967, Oklahoma created a new state Corrections Department, consisting of a State Board of Corrections, State Director of Corrections, and three divisions: a Division of Institutions, a Division of Probation and Parole, and a Division of Inspection.[2]

In 1976, the first Training Academy was established in Oklahoma City.[2]

Facilities[edit]

As of 2010, the Department of Corrections is responsible for the management, maintenance and security of 39 correctional institutes across the State.

Organization[edit]

Leadership[edit]

The Department of Corrections is under the supervision of the Oklahoma Secretary of Safety and Security. Under current Governor of Oklahoma Mary Fallin, Michael C. Thompson is serving as the Secretary.

Office Incumbent Since
Cabinet Secretary Mike Thompson 2011
Director Robert Patton 2014

Internal Structure[edit]

The internal structure of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections is as follows:[3]

  • Cabinet Secretary of Safety and Security
  • Board of Corrections
    • Director
      • Associate Director - Field Operations
        • Deputy Director - Institutions Division I (Female Offenders)
        • Deputy Director - Institutions Division II (Minimum Security)
        • Deputy Director - Institutions Division III (Medium and Maximum Security)
        • Private Prison and County Jail Administration
      • Deputy Director - Employee Development and Offender Services
      • Deputy Director - Community Corrections
      • Deputy Director - Community Sentencing and Offender Information Services
      • Chief - Administrative Services
      • Chief - Internal Affairs
      • Chief - Business Operations
      • Administrator - Employee Rights and Relations
      • General Counsel

Divisions[edit]

The Department of Corrections is governed by the seven-member Board of Corrections, who appoints the Director of Corrections. As the head of the Department of Corrections, the Director supervises, directs, and controls the Department. The Director is assisted in managing the Department by an Associate Director, six Deputy Directors and a General Counsel (with the rank of Deputy Director).

  • Administrative Services Division - responsible for all financial, budgeting, personnel, purchasing, information technology and administrative management needs of the Department
  • Internal Affairs Division - responsible for conducting and monitoring all international criminal investigations of inmates and Department employees, including fugitive apprehension
  • Employee Development and Offender Services Division - responsible for offender programs, offender medical services, offender mental health, offender education, and Departmental staff training
  • Community Corrections Division - responsible for the operation of five male community corrections centers, fifteen offender work centers, and state-wide probation and parole operations
  • Community Sentencing and Offender Information Services Division - responsible for the Community Service Sentencing Program, thirty-six state-wide planning councils, and Departmental grant administration
  • Field Operations Division
    • Division II (Minimum Facilities) and Division III (Medium and Maximum Facilities) are responsible for fifteen prisons across the state which house male prisoners, manages all contracts for private prisons and county jails, and supervises all prison industries programs
    • Division I (Female Operations) is responsible for two prisons across the state which house female prisoners and two female community correction centers

Rank Structure[edit]

Title Insignia Description
Director of the Department No Insignia Appointed by the Board of Corrections to serve as the overall head of the Department
Associate Director
Field Operations
No Insignia Appointed by the Director to oversee all correctional services in the Department and second-in-command for the Department
Division Manager
Institutions Division
No Insignia Oversees all correctional institutions or community placement centers in their divison.
Warden No Insignia Responsible for all operations of an institution
Deputy Warden No Insignia Second-in-command of an institution
Chief of Security III
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Responsible for overseeing all security operations of a medium or maxium security institution
Chief of Security II
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Responsible for overseeing all security operations of a minimum security institution
Chief of Security I
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Responsible for overseeing all security operations of a community or work center.
Captain
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Responsible for overseeing all operations of an assigned shift within a medium or maximum security facility.
Lieutenant
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First managerial rank, responsible for overseeing all operations on an assigned shift within a community corrections, work center or minimum security facility or supervising specialized unit in a medium or maximum security facility
Sergeant
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First supervisory rank, responsible for serving as a team leader or a lead officer or independently performing a specialized function requiring a high degree of judgment
Corporal
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Responsible for assisting lower ranked Officer in the performance of their duties
Officer
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CSO II attained upon successful completion of the training academy, responsible for security and custody of inmates
Cadet A CSO I is a new recruit, and is the rank held by all personnel while assigned as a student at the training academy.

Personnel[edit]

Staffing[edit]

The Department of Corrections, with an annual budget of over $500 million, is one of the largest employers of the State. For fiscal year 2012, the Department was authorized 4,113 employees.[4]

Division Number of Employees
Detention Facilities 2454
Probation and Parole Services 343
Community Corrections 279
Prison Industries 114
Offender Programs 180
Community Sentencing Services 21
Contracting Services 12
Central Office Administration 207
Divisional Office Administration 65
Health Service 301
Total 3,976

Requirements[edit]

As provided by Oklahoma state law, in order to be employed as a correctional officer for the Department of Corrections, an individual must meet the following requirements:[5]

  • At least 20 years old
  • Have completed one of the following educational components:
  • Be a person of "good moral character"
  • Completion of a correctional officer training program, as approved by the State Board of Corrections
  • Completion of minimum testing or professional evaluation conducted by the Oklahoma Office of Personnel Management
  • Completion, on an annual basis, of physical testing as required for the position, as approved by the State Board of Corrections

Promotions[edit]

All promotions from Corrections Officer into the supervisory ranks are based on tests administered by the Director of the Department, in consultation with the Administrator of the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services's Human Capital Management Division. These tests determine the physical and mental qualifications and all potential test-takers must satisfactorily complete a course of training in operations and procedures related to the rank desired.

In general, the following minimum requirements are needed to obtain the following ranks:

  • Corporal - eighteen months of experience in correctional or security work
  • Sergeant - two years of experience in correctional or security work
  • Lieutenant - three years of experience in correctional or security work
  • Captain - four years of experience in correctional or security work with one year of supervisory experience
  • Chief of Security -
    • Community Correctional Facility - four years of experience in correctional or security work with one year of supervisory experience or two years of college, two years of correctional experience with one year of supervisory experience
    • Minimum Security Facility - five years of experience in correctional or security work with one year of supervisory experience or two years of college, three years of correctional experience with one year of supervisory experience
    • Medium or Maximum Security Facility - five years of experience in correctional or security work with one year of supervisory experience or two years of college, three years of correctional experience with two years of supervisory experience

Pay Structure[edit]

The annual salaries of the ODOC correctional officers are set by the classification standards established by the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services's Human Capital Management Division, the state government's central personnel office. Each classification is assigned by OMES a salary band based upon the uniform Salary Schedule for State Employees.[6] As of 2014, the followings for such employees are as follows:

OMES Classification ODOC Title Salary Band Minimum Salary Midpoint Salary Maximum Salary
Correctional Chief of Security III Chief - Medium or Maximum Security N $43,163 $57,550 $71,938
Correctional Chief of Security II Chief - Minimum Security M $38,885 $51,846 $64,808
Correctional Chief of Security I Chief - Community Corrections L $35,032 $46,709 $58,387
Correctional Security Manager II Captain L $35,032 $46,709 $58,387
Correctional Security Manager I Lieutenant K $31,848 $42,464 $53,080
Correctional Security Officer IV Sergeant I $26,502 $35,336 $44,170
Correctional Security Officer III Corporal H $23,931 $31,908 $39,885
Correctional Security Officer II Officer G $21,756 $29,008 $36,260
Correctional Security Officer I Officer Cadet F $19,778 $26,370 $32,963

The executive and administrative staff of the Department are unclassified employees of the State, and as such, their salaries are determined either by the Legislature or by the Director of the Department. As of October, 2010, the following are the annual salaries of the senior staff of the Department:[7]

Title Salary
Director, Department of Corrections $132,309.00
Associate Director, Field Services $116,256.60
Deputy Director, Institutions Division $103,736.76
Deputy Director, Treatment and Rehabiliation Services Division $99,746.88
Deputy Director, Community Corrections Division $99,746.88
Deputy Director, Female Offenders Division $95,000.00
General Counsel, Department of Corrections $93,999.96
Deputy Director, Community Sentencing Services Division $91,350.00
Deputy Director, Administrative Services Division $66,045.00

Prohibitions[edit]

Oklahoma state and United States federal law both place limitations on who can be employed as a correctional officer with the Department. They include any of the following:[8]

  • No person who is a registered sex offender
  • No person who has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, unless they have received a full pardon for such crime
  • No person who has been convicted of any form of felony, unless they have received a full pardon for such felony
  • No person who has been convicted of any form of domestic violence, unless they have received a full pardon for such crime
  • No person who has been dishonorably discharged from any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States

Budget[edit]

The Department of Corrections has annual budget of over $500 million. That budget is derived primarily from yearly appropriations, Departmental fees and funds generated by the Prison Industries activities.[4] For Fiscal Year 2014, 88% of the Department's budget comes from yearly appropriations, 6% from the Prison Industries Fund, 4% from the Department's Revolving Fund, and 3% from all other sources.

Division Funding (in millions)
Detention Facilities $176.8
Probation and Parole Services $25
Community Corrections $24.2
Prison Industries $33.5
Offender Programs $17.7
Community Sentencing Services $5.6
Contracting Services $112
Central Office Administration $44.5
Regional Office Administration $21.2
Health Service $60.4
Total $520.9

Death row[edit]

The execution chamber is located at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.[9]

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, 16 officers have died in the line of duty.[10]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us." Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 8, 2009. "3400 N Martin Luther King Ave Oklahoma City, OK"
  2. ^ a b c Oklahoma DOC History page
  3. ^ Official Organization Chart - Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma Department of Corrections, issued 2013-03-01, retrieved 2013-08-12
  4. ^ a b FY 2014 State Budget, Oklahoma Office of State Finance
  5. ^ Section 510, Title 57, Oklahoma Statutes
  6. ^ Salary Schedule for State Employees, Oklahoma Office of Personnel Management
  7. ^ Oklahoma OpenBooks, Oklahoma Office of State Finance
  8. ^ Correctional Security Office Job Family, Oklahoma Office of Personnel Management
  9. ^ "Death Row." Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Retrieved on September 2, 2010.
  10. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page

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