Oklahoma DOC - Searching for prison escapees

A special presentation by The Oklahoman and NewsOK profiling the most wanted and at-large fugitives from the Oklahoma Department Of Corrections. The package includes profiles on the 77 escapees currently at large, interviews with DOC officials and former escapees, as well as a look at the individual prisons and a review of a 1978 prison escape that ended with the death of three Oklahoma state troopers.

Searching for Oklahoma prison escapees: A look at how inmates escape, are recaptured

News | Updated: Sun, Dec 11, 2011

A former prison escapee, warden and state officials discuss Oklahoma escapes over the years and how agencies work together to apprehend inmates.



Prison Escapes - By the numbers and how they happen

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DOC and Prison Escape stories from The Oklahoman and NewsOK

  • Oklahoma Board of Corrections appoints new executive director

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER | Updated: Fri, Jan 17, 2014

    The Oklahoma  Board of Corrections has appointed Robert Patton from the Arizona Department of Corrections as the new executive director of the DOC.

  • Oklahoma prison case manager faces charges of rape, introducing contraband

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE aknittle@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Jun 15, 2012

    A former employee of the Joseph Harp Correctional Center has been charged with rape and bringing a cellphone and drugs into a prison.

  • Prison towns: What it's like to live in McAlester, Lexington

    BY TIFFANY GIBSON and MATT PATTERSON Staff Writers tgibson@opubco.com, mpatterson@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Dec 11, 2011

    Residents of McAlester and Lexington talk about maximum security prisons in their towns and what it's like to live and work next to them.

  • Missing for decades: Investigators pursue leads to find Oklahoma escapees

    BY MATT PATTERSON and TIFFANY GIBSON Staff Writers mpatterson@opubco.com, tgibson@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Dec 11, 2011

    The Oklahoma Department of Corrections employs fugitive investigators who follow up on prison escapes in hopes of tracking down the missing inmates. The searches can last for years or even decades.

  • Searching for Oklahoma prison escapees: A look at how inmates escape, are recaptured

    BY TIFFANY GIBSON and MATT PATTERSON Staff Writers tgibson@opubco.com, mpatterson@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Dec 11, 2011

    A former prison escapee, warden and state officials discuss Oklahoma escapes over the years and how agencies work together to apprehend inmates.

  • Mack Alford Correctional Center

    BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer email@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Dec 9, 2011

    Opened in 1956, the Mack Alford Correctional Center is one of Oklahoma's oldest facilities. It currently houses about 805 inmates in Stringtown houses an all male population in a medium security setting. The facility is noted for the wide range of educational programs it offers inmates.

  • Oklahoma State Reformatory

    BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer email@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Dec 9, 2011

    The Oklahoma State Reformatory is Oklahoma's oldest prison. It opened in 1909 in Granite and presently the facility houses both minimum and medium security inmates with a capacity of about 1,000 prisoners. It is considered an overall medium security prison.

  • Mabel Bassett Correctional Center

    BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer email@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Dec 9, 2011

    Mabel Bassett, located in McLoud, opened in 1974 and houses about 1,100 inmates in a minimum, medium and maximum security setting depending on the offender's crime. The facility serves as the state's only maximum security prison for female inmates.

  • Behind the Walls: Oklahoma State Penitentiary - 360° Panoramas and full web gallery tour

    Updated: Sat, Dec 10, 2011

    Also known as “Big Mac”, the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is a maximum security prison in McAlester and houses some of Oklahoma's most dangerous criminals. The facility opened in 1908 and houses about 1,100 inmates over 1,500 acres in northwest McAlester. The facility also houses Oklahoma's...

  • Lexington Assessment and Reception Center

    BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer email@opubco.com | Updated: Fri, Dec 9, 2011

    The Lexington Assessment and Reception Center opened in 1971 in what was then a collection of old WWII era naval barracks. The center has a 418 inmate capacity and serves as a gateway to some inmates who are entering the department of corrections.



CAUTION: The people profiled on these pages are wanted for serious and often violent crimes. If you believe that you know the location of one of these fugitives DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TAKE ANY ACTION ON YOUR OWN! Immediately call the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Fugitive Warrants Division COLLECT at 1-(405)-425-2570 or 1-(405)-425-2571 or the Escapee Hot Line - toll free - 866-363-1119 and your local authorities. You can email us at warrants@doc.state.ok.us. All information received by telephone or E-Mail is considered strictly confidential.

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