Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs may review detention center contract
A state agency's board today will consider reviewing a contract dogged by accusations of bid rigging and linked to a state senator and lobbyist's
Board members for the Office of Juvenile Affairs meet this morning. On their agenda are three items pointing to a potential review of a controversial state contract to build a 144-bed juvenile detention center.
The center would replace the aging, maximum-
The contract came under scrutiny after it was revealed that Sen. Harry Coates, 60, was having a romantic affair with lobbyist Haley Atwood, 30, whose clients would have benefited from the Ada Youth Academy Authority securing the $10 million-
Atwood represented a Norman architectural firm that would design the center, and Rite of Passage, a Colorado-
Coates, R-Seminole, was among several lawmakers involved in legislation last year asking the agency to build a new juvenile detention center.
Board members today are expected to discuss their budget as it relates to the building of a new detention center, whether to conduct an internal review of what went on during the bidding and whether new bidding procedures need to be in place for the future.