Oklahoma female juvenile offenders to have own medium-security facility

Female juvenile offenders now housed at a mixed-gender, medium-security facility in Tecumseh soon will be transferred to a privately run facility in Norman that is just for girls.
by Randy Ellis Modified: August 24, 2013 at 6:00 pm •  Published: August 23, 2013
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Christiansen said she did not have information about the cost of the contract immediately available.

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.

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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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