Private Prisons with Oklahoma Inmates
Private Prisons without Oklahoma Inmates
Title 57, Section 502 Definition. Title 57, Section 561-563 of Oklahoma State Statutes authorizes the Board of Corrections to contract with private prison contractors and public trusts for the operation of a prison.
Title 74, Section 1001 et seg. allows the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to contract with county jails for the housing of inmates. Title 57 O.S. 1991 §561 permits the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to contract with community based facilities for housing community corrections inmates.
Oklahoma Administrative Code (Secretary of State website)
OAC for Department of Corrections private prison guidelines.
Authority to Provide Incarceration, Supervision, and Residential Treatment at Facilities not Operated by Department of Corrections - Private Prison Contractors - Comprehensive File for All Private Prison Contractors
It is the responsibility of the Private Prison Administration unit to actively seek out additional bed space, through one or more of the statutorily authorized processes, when it is anticipated the Department of Corrections facilities will exceed maximum capacity.
Development of Criteria for Selection of Site and Process for Requesting Proposals to Construct Correctional Facility;
Process for Requesting Proposals from Contractors - Additional Terms and Conditions;
Private Prison Facilities - Location.
Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) are developed and issued to solicit bids from private companies and non-governmental entities for additional prison space. The bids are requested, received, evaluated, and recommended to the Director, Chief of Administrative Operations, and finally to the Board of Corrections.
The administrator and unit staff, in consultation with DOC Legal Services, in develop contracts with entities for contract bed space. The process includes preparation of the contract draft, negotiation and finalization of the contracts, to be approved by the Board of Corrections, Department of Central Services, Attorney General and finally filed with the Secretary of State.
Requirements of Private Prison Contractors Housing Federal Inmates or Inmates of Another State;
Contracting with Private Prison Contractors.
The primary role of the contract monitor is to observe the day to day operations of the facility to ensure compliance with contractual obligations and ACA standards. In carrying out this role, the contract monitor is expected to review the policy, procedure and practice of the facility. Each contract monitor will observe and ensure that the private prison facility is providing all applicable services and programs required by law or by the standards of the American Correctional Association Commission on Accreditation. The services include, but are not limited to security, housing, meals, employment, programs, recreation, medical services, legal services, and visitation. All contract monitors frequently inspect contracted facilities to monitor operations and visit with staff and inmates. During these frequent inspections, the contract monitor conducts on-site reviews of local records, files, and other documents; personally observes work activities of local staff to determine quality and quantity of work performed, and analyzes and evaluates administration, security, programs and operations on an on-going basis.
The contract monitor regularly conducts frequent on-site reviews of local records, files and other documents; personally observes work activities of local staff to determine quality and quantity of work performed; analyzes and evaluates both administrative and programs plans and operations on an on-going basis.
Quarterly and yearly audits are coordinated by the contract monitor to ensure compliance with ACA standards and contractual obligations.
The contract monitor regularly meets with staff and inmates at contract facilities to gain feedback and assist in problem solving to help with adjustment to private facilities.
Title 57, Section 563.2 and Title 57, Section 563.3 directs the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to inspect and oversee private prisons in Oklahoma. The oversight mandates that within two (2) months of commencing operations, that the vendor obtain:
If the facility houses offenders from another jurisdiction, they must ensure offenders are classified as medium security according to the sending jurisidiction’s classification system unless the facility has been approved to house maximum security offenders as determined by DOC. The facility must provide the following to DOC: