Tulsa Halfway House Once Again Getting Oklahoma Inmates

Apr 8, 2014

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has begun repopulating a halfway house in Tulsa, about three months after the facility was temporarily shut down because of violations.

Oklahoma corrections officials are once again sending inmates to the Avalon Center in Tulsa, Okla., two months after removing all state prisoners from the halfway house due to an investigation into organized fighting at the facility.
Credit Avalon Correctional Services

About 200 inmates were moved out of the Avalon Correctional Services halfway house in January after a corrections department investigation found "serious infractions" that affected inmate safety.

Agency director Robert Patton told the Tulsa World that inmates returned to the halfway house Monday after Avalon made significant changes to the facility and its operations. Patton says Avalon agreed to add and upgrade security cameras and increase drug testing at the halfway house.

The investigation into Avalon began after cellphone video emerged of inmates fighting within the facility.

Avalon's president and chief operating officer declined to comment on the reopening.


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