Inmates moved out of Avalon Correctional Services


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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 1/21 6:42 pm Published: 1/21 4:19 pm


More than 200 prison inmates have been moved out of downtown Tulsa, and a minimum-security halfway house now sits empty.

FOX23 has been reporting since last week on the closure of the Avalon Tulsa facility as the Department of Corrections investigates the facility.

FOX23's Ian Silver was there as the last bus full of inmates pulled out of that Avalon gate around 2:30 Tuesday.

The president of Avalon told FOX23 he was shocked the Department of Corrections actually moved the inmates.

The process to empty Avalon began on Saturday when more than 50 inmates were taken to other DOC facilities.

Tuesday, the remaining 150 inmates were cleared out.

Security was tighter than normal as DOC guards took over to handle the inmate removal process.

But in a written statement to FOX23, Avalon President Brian Costello said the depopulation was "unprecedented" and claims the DOC has not shared any evidence from its investigation with Avalon.

Costello told FOX23News he thought he had an understanding with the DOC that they would work with him on a plan to correct problems and avoid the de-population; a plan he presented last week that included replacing the facility administrator and paying for a DOC monitor to be posted at Avalon to make sure conditions were up to par.

Instead, the DOC removed the inmates anyway.

Costello said the DOC is working with him on a plan to make changes that would allow him to bring inmates back here and the DOC confirmed to FOX23 that it might allow Avalon to reopen after its investigation is over.

The DOC could not give a time-table on when that might happen.


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JK444 - 1/22/2014 7:15 AM
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The DOC lied to the media, saying that they would keep the inmates as close to home as possible. They sent my son and many others as far away as they possibly could have without leaving the state. My son went from taking a city bus to work everyday to being warehoused with 100 men in one room, had all of his clothes taken away except a couple of white shirts, and will be sent out in a group of men with shirts labeled 'corrections' to work on a road crew. Since they took away his hoodies, I have no idea how he won't freeze working out in the cold weather. So, they completely destroyed his reintegration program and sent him back to being a prisoner. DOC is a filthy, dirty, corrupt, backward organization, and I intend to give the Governor every detail.
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