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Female inmates sue operator of Oklahoma halfway house firm for negligence

By CARY ASPINWALL - Tulsa World Modified: August 27, 2013 at 7:57 am •  Published: August 27, 2013

Female inmates were routinely subjected to sexual battery and harassment by employers through a work-release program at a Turley halfway house, according to a lawsuit filed against the private company operating the facility.

At least 20 women have made allegations against Oklahoma City-based Avalon Correctional Services, said an attorney who filed the negligence lawsuit in Tulsa District Court. The suit alleges Turley Residential Center staff "did not follow the procedures for operating the work-release program and further directed women to places of employment with supervisors who utilized their positions of authority to sexually exploit the women."

Attorney J. Spencer Bryan, representing Jane Does 1-50 in the lawsuit filed last week against Avalon, said at least 20 women have made similar allegations so far, but they think additional victims may come forward.

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