Before entering into the contract, Oklahoma had two medium-security institutions to house its most violent juvenile offenders.
The Office of Juvenile Affairs operates the Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Manitou, which is a 78-bed facility just for males, and the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Tecumseh, a 116-bed facility that has 22 beds reserved for females and 20 beds reserved for male juvenile sex offenders.
Christiansen said girls and boys have been housed in separate wings at COJC and kept apart for classes and activities.
“It was difficult for us — not impossible, but difficult — to get the girls from one place to another and time it out so they are not running into the boys,” she said. “We clearly wanted to keep them separate.”
“This has given us an opportunity to separate them fully,” she said.