Mabel Bassett Correctional Center

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Mabel Bassett Correctional Center (MBCC)
Mabel Bassett Correctional Center is located in Oklahoma
Mabel Bassett Correctional Center
Location in Oklahoma
Coordinates35°26′41″N 097°07′52″W / 35.44472°N 97.13111°W / 35.44472; -97.13111Coordinates: 35°26′41″N 097°07′52″W / 35.44472°N 97.13111°W / 35.44472; -97.13111
StatusOperational
Security classMixed
Capacity1,291[1]
Population1,304 (as of April 10, 2017[1])
Opened1974; 49 years ago (1974)
Managed byOklahoma Department of Corrections
WardenAboutanaa Elhabti
Street address29501 Kickapoo Rd.
CityMcLoud, Oklahoma
ZIP Code74851
CountryUSA
WebsiteOklahoma Department of Corrections - Mabel Bassett Correctional Center

The Mabel Bassett Correctional Center (MBCC) is an Oklahoma Department of Corrections prison for women located in unincorporated Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, near McLoud. The facility houses 1241 inmates, most of whom are held at medium security.[2]

The facility first opened in 1974, on Martin Luther King Drive in Oklahoma City. It was named for Oklahoma political figure Mabel Bassett, who served as the Commission of Charities and Corrections from 1923 to 1947. It also houses the female death row for the state.

History[edit]

The Oklahoma Women's Treatment Facility first opened in 1974 at 3300 Martin Luther King Drive, and received the name "Mabel Bassett Correctional Center" in November, 1977.[3][4]

By 2002 the state maintained both the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center, with 337 female prisoners, and a separate facility called the Mabel Bassett Minimum Security Unit (MBMSU), with another 200.[5] To consolidate this population, the state purchased the former Central Oklahoma Correctional Facility (COCF) in McLoud for just under $40 million. The facility had been built in 1998, owned by the city of McLoud, and operated by Dominion Correctional Services.

With this move, the state planned to expand and harden the facility, take over Dominion's contract for housing 110 female inmates from Wyoming and Hawaii, and close the prior two sites.[6] The original building on MLK is now part of the headquarters of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections; the former MBMSU near I-44 and the Broadway Extension became the Oklahoma City Community Corrections Center.

Current facility[edit]

MBCC is currently the only facility for women that can house mental health patients, and the Segregated Housing Unit is the only women's unit for inmates on Protective Custody or Death Row. The current capacity of death row is 1 Brenda Andrew.

Notable inmates[edit]

  • Amber Hilberling - Convicted in 2013 of second-degree murder of the June 2011 death of her husband, Josh Hilberling. Hilberling was found dead in her cell in October 2016 of an apparent suicide by hanging. She was 25 years old at the time of her death. Amber’s story was featured on A&E’s “The First 48” and A&E's Women Who Kill.[7]
  • Brenda Andrew - On Death Row for the murder of her husband Rob Andrew.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Oklahoma Department of Corrections (10 April 2017). "Incarcerated Inmates and Community Supervision Offenders Daily Count Sheet" (PDF). Oklahoma Department of Corrections: 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Mabel Bassett Correctional Center". Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Archived from the original on 23 March 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  3. ^ "FACILITY DESCRIPTIONS, in Order of Highest Security Level at Facility." Oklahoma Department of Corrections. November 25, 1999. Retrieved on November 22, 2010.
  4. ^ "West Central Region." Oklahoma Department of Corrections. November 28, 1999. Retrieved on November 22, 2010. "Mabel Bassett Correctional Center 3300 Martin Luther King Avenue P. O. Box 11492 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73136-0497."
  5. ^ Hoberock, Barbara (23 July 2002). "Corrections Board backs plan to relocate women's prison". Tulsa World. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  6. ^ Doucette, Bob (8 March 2003). "Site's purchase OK'd to replace Mabel Bassett". The Oklahoman. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Episode #1.1". 25 January 2017.
  8. ^ "An Ordinary Family, Extraordinary Murder Story". ABC News.

7. ^ Kimble, Lindsay (29 October 2016). https://people.com/crime/amber-hilberling-convicted-murderer-hangs-herself/