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Oklahoma Department of Corrections ending contracts with two halfway houses

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Oklahoma Halfway House at 517 SW. 2nd St. in Oklahoma City, Okla. Friday, July 13, 2012. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman archives]
Oklahoma Halfway House at 517 SW. 2nd St. in Oklahoma City, Okla. Friday, July 13, 2012. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman archives]

Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections on Friday announced they would be ending contracts with two halfway houses, one in Tulsa and one in Oklahoma City.

Officials said the contracts would be ending due to more inmates being eligible for “global positioning system supervision” after changes to a state law governing the program, according to a news release.

The Turley Residential Center in Tulsa has capacity for 180 inmates and was housing 38 as of Friday. The inmates will be moved from the facility to Catalyst Behavioral Services in Enid on April 29.

Currently, the department of corrections pays CoreCivic, a private company which also operates two prisons, $34.22 per inmate each day to operate the Turley Residential Center and pays medical and mental health costs for inmates.

The contract with the Oklahoma Halfway House in Oklahoma City is set to end on June 30. The facility, operated by a non-profit, has capacity for 50 inmates, with 39 inmates housed at the facility as of Friday.

Officials said many of the inmates at the facility will have finished their sentences by June 30, but those who remain will be moved to other halfway houses.

Halfway houses typically house non-violent offenders who are close to finishing their sentences, officials said.

Officials said GPS supervision is often a better alternative for qualified inmates convicted of non-violent crimes and allows them to complete their sentences while allowing them to gain work experience, have family time and access to services and other necessities.

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