Inmates moved out of Avalon Correctional Services
|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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