Tag Archives: Oklahoma

OK: Private Prison Accused of Abetting Extortion

This is a sad story.  The victim is an older man who arranged for telephone dates through MegaMates.  Little did he know that the “dates” that he had were actually with inmates in the Oklahoma prison system.  The man had confided to one of his “dates” that he had not disclosed his sexual orientation to his family.  The “date” (actually an inmate) then threatened to expose his secret to his family unless the man paid him money.  They further threatened violence.  The man sent them close to $700K over a period of five months (!).  Yikes.

The man is now suing GEO Group, the owner/operator of the prison, because they “allowed” inmates to use cellphones to commit the extortion (whether or not the inmates were allowed is definitely up for debate…unfortunately, combating cellphones is a trial for every correctional system).  Still, gotta feel bad for the guy.

Read more here.

Advertisements
Tagged , ,

Oklahoma prison officials seek increase in funding

From the article: “Oklahoma’s overcrowded prison system needs $6.3 million before the next fiscal year or it will start refusing to accept inmates from county jails and face a legal showdown, the head of the state’s prison system warned lawmakers Thursday.”

Read more here.

Tagged , , , ,

Oklahoma Department of Corrections wants private prison companies to share information, official says

From the article: “The actions of a private prison company that took months to turn over investigative materials to local agencies after a violent prison riot last year in Sayre could lead to a change in Oklahoma law…The change would force private prison companies housing out-of-state inmates in Oklahoma to provide information concerning “a riot, escape or other serious emergency and facility operations upon request of Oklahoma DOC,” agency records show.”

Read more here.

Tagged , , , ,

Convicted killer escapes east Oklahoma prison

From the article: “Authorities are searching for a convicted killer who escaped a prison in eastern Oklahoma.”

The article states that the inmate strangled his girlfriend’s mother, then doused her body in acid and buried her in a shallow grave.

Read more here.
Tagged ,

OK: DOC officers fired in prison inmate’s death

This has more details than the usual inmate death news article.  According to the article, an inmate in the maximum security prison set fire to his own mattress.  It then took staff over an hour to respond, at which point the inmate was unconscious/dead from smoke inhalation.  As the subsequent investigation uncovered, the security manager received a report five minutes after the fire was started…and then ended his shift and left prison grounds without notifying anyone.  According to the article, the security manager “reportedly told investigators he didn’t check on it ‘because inmates build fires to heat up coffee all the time. I didn’t think it was that severe.'”  Read the article here.

I do not know what is more frightening – staff’s clear laxity and the resulting inmate death, or that inmates are building fires “all the time” in a maximum security prison.  This is not a campsite and those are not Boy Scouts earning a badge.  Nobody should be building a fire.

Compounding the error is that the smoke alarm system did not work due to tampering and staff (the same feckless security manager) was not doing their jobs to regularly check it to make sure it worked.  So, if I’m reading this correctly, you have a facility in which inmates are building fires “all the time” but you don’t think making sure the smoke alarm system works is important.

Someone call Smokey the Bear.

Tagged ,

Oklahoma inmate stabbed to death in prison

From the article: “Corrections officials say an inmate at a southeast Oklahoma prison has been stabbed to death by three other inmates.”

Read more here.
Tagged , ,