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Inside Corrections is an Oklahoma                     INSIDE CORRECTIONS
  Department of Corrections monthly                  March 2008 • Volume 20, Issue 2
  publication distributed to employees,
retirees and friends of criminal justice, to
                                                     features
 enhance communications and provide                      8     Sex Offender Treatment
  information on the development and
       achievements of this agency.                      9     Sex Offender Management
__________________________
                                                      12       Sex Offender Registration
       Justin Jones, Director                         13       Incarceration: Not the Root Cause of Global HIV
                                                               Epidemic, But Part of the Solution
                 Editor
              Joyce Jackson                           18       Professional Organizations
       Executive Communications
             Administrator                           22        Female Executives
              Senior Editor                           26       Chaplains
               Jerry Massie
        Public Information Officer

               Copy Editor
                                                   departments
               Leon Preston

                                                     4         Director’s Comments
               Copy Editor
               Marcella Reed
                                                     5         In Other Words
            Graphic Designer                         6         Graduation
               Kim Rotelli
                                                     32        Employee Anniversaries
              Photographer
               Bill Broiles                          34        Retirements/Calendar

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Welcome to
        Inside Corrections
                                     I never wanted to be “one of the boys.” But I did want to fit in. The traditionally male domi-
                                    nated field of corrections has seen a tremendous increase in women in the last three decades.
                                    In fact, between 1990 and 1995, the number of women working in state or federal correctional
                                    facilities rose by 60 percent. Today’s leaders understand that an inclusive culture recognizes the
                                    importance of embracing the gender differences in management styles, talents, backgrounds
                                    and perspectives. A proactive agency will seize these opportunities and strengthen its organiza-
                                    tion by developing the best and brightest employees, regardless of gender.
                                     In spite of advances toward gender equity in the workplace, many industries have found the
                                    progress of women has been slowing or even reversing. The field of corrections is no exception.
                                    Since 1995, the number of women serving as the Commissioner, Director, or Secretary of Cor-
                                    rections in the U.S. has nearly doubled. Sound impressive? Upon closer inspection, one must
                                    realize that in 1995, five women served at the executive officer level nationwide. Ten years later,
                                    in 2005, there were nine. As of February 2008, there are six. Given the marked increase in the
                                    number of women working in corrections overall, it continues to cause consternation that so
few women have been able to navigate through the glass ceiling to reach and stay on top.
 Today, the leadership model might be considered more “feminine” than in the past. Modern leadership is based on connecting
with others, building relationships, listening and dialogue, partnerships, and a more holistic view of people, organizations and
relationships. In this model, the leader is more a coach than a commander.
 I believe the future is bright for both genders. Today’s environment requires a blending of both the masculine and feminine
approach.
 The fatal flaws that can derail one’s career appear to be gender neutral. Fatal flaws such as an insensitive and intimidating style,
being cold and aloof or arrogant, betrayal of trust, over managing, over ambitious, inability to adapt to changing culture, poor
interpersonal skills and performance deficits apply to all of us. However, many of these flaws affect a greater percentage of females
than males. There is data to suggest that a greater percentage of women’s careers are derailed than their male counterparts for the
inability to adapt, being too ambitious, inability to think and plan strategically, presenting a poor image, and skill deficits. On
the flip side, data suggests that a greater percentage of women’s careers are more successful than their male counterparts when
they have received help from above.
 Here are some tips I offer for your consideration, based on thirty years of not being “one of the boys,” but merely trying to fit
in:
     •	 Learn	to	say	no	                                •	 Recognize	what	you	can	change
     •	 Pick	your	battles	                              •	 Make	family	time
     •	 Develop	a	support	network	                      •	 Distinguish	between	“negotiable”	and	“non-negotiable”	activities
     •	 Leave	work	on	time	                             •	 Live	in	the	here	and	now
     •	 Take	good	care	of	yourself	                     •	 Learn	to	let	go	
     •	 Practice	forgiveness	                           •	 Lighten	up,	have	fun!

 Most of us live our lives by default rather than by design. Design your ideal life and go after it. Bottom line: Be true to your-
self.



J’me Overstreet
Associate Director
Administrative Services
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Joyce Jackson,
                                                                                      In Other
                                                 went above and beyond all of our expecta-
                                                                                                                        Words
                                                                                                  were so moved by this tragic event that they
 I want to express my appreciation for the       tions. We wish you, your family, and friends     wanted to give of their money to help the
workshop you presented at the 2007 DOC           all the best in withstanding the enduring        victim and her family.
Employee Recognition and Training Confer-        consequences of this storm, and know that         Enclosed you will find the deposit slip from
ence on October 30th. The workshop par-          you are all in our thoughts. We hope to be       the bank for their donation. Please let the
ticipants told us “Living in a Multi-Cultural    able to meet with you in the future - hope-      Inmate Council know how much their gen-
World” was fascinating and informative, and      fully	under	better	weather	conditions!	-	and	    erosity is appreciated.
they believe they gained knowledge that will     continue to discuss the goals and accom-
help them both personally and profession-        plishments of the HIV Prevention Program.
                                                                                                                                       Carole Newell
                                                                                                                        CAPTAIN
ally.                                             Thank you once again.
                                                                                                   CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS UNIT
 Thanks for all the work you put into this
event, and all you do for the agency.
                                                                                   Bob Lieser.             BROKEN ARROW POLICE
                                                                    VICE PRESIDENT                                  DEPARTMENT
                                Lenora Jordan                        PROGRAMMING
               ADMINISTRATOR                                 TULSA GLOBAL ALLIANCE                Millicent Newton-Embry,
   TRAINING AND STAFF DEVELOP-                                                                     Thank you so much for letting me into Ma-
  MENT, OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT                      Dear Friends and Coworkers,                      bel Bassett Correctional Center to conduct
              OF CORRECTIONS                       It is difficult to find words to express my    my dissertation interviews. I really learned
                                                 family’s gratitude for the kindness that was     a lot from this experience, and I hope to use
Melanie Spector,                                 shown to our family during the loss of our       the information gained to eventually help
 I wanted to express my sincere appreciation     loved one, Pete Cannon.                          your inmate population. I appreciate your
for your efforts, your devotion, and your          Our family is so grateful for all you have     interest in my research and your willingness
bravery in weathering the storm to meet          done for us. The cards, phone calls, e-mail      to let me into Mabel Bassett Correctional
with our African delegation on the Okla-         messages, prayers and visits were greatly        Center. I will send you a copy of my re-
homa Department of Corrections and its           appreciated by our family. Along with the        search when it is completed and I would ap-
HIV Prevention Program for Incarcerated          emotional support you gave us, the delicious     preciate any feedback you have at that point.
Women.                                           food that was prepared and brought to our        Again, thank you for making this research
 We were worried, with their arrival at the      home, errands you did for us, the beautiful      opportunity possible for me. I have gained
onset of the ice storm, that their visit to      flowers and plants that were sent to our loved   so much from this experience.
Tulsa would prove fruitless; that it would       one’s service were much appreciated.
not permit the visitors time to experience         Please know that your generosity and
                                                                                                                                         Juanita Ortiz
                                                                                                                DOCTORAL STUDENT
the region and peoples, nor learn from the       thoughtfulness have touched our family
                                                                                                            SOCIOLOGY DEPARTMENT
passionate organizations the Tulsa com-          deeply.
                                                                                                           UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
munity is lucky to have rallying around the        Once again, thank you all for being there
HIV/AIDS cause. Your pains in traveling          for us.
to the Crowne Plaza Hotel and speaking                                   Family of Pete Cannon      Inside Corrections welcomes the views of readers.
with them, in the midst of downed trees and
                                                                                                    Letters are subject to editing and must include
power lines, was an incredible gesture on        Terry Martin,
your part - one they are not likely to forget.                                                      name, address, and a daytime phone number.
                                                   On behalf of the investigators of the Broken
You single-handedly made their trip to Tulsa     Arrow Police Department Criminal Investi-          Send letters to Inside Corrections, Attn: Editor,
worthwhile and beneficial to their cause, for    gations Unit, and the B.A. Angel, I would          3400 Martin Luther King Avenue, Oklahoma City,
which Tulsa Global Alliance is incredibly        like to express my sincere thanks to all of        OK 73111, or fax to (405) 425-2502. Address
grateful.                                        the inmates who donated money. I person-           electronic mail to marcella.reed@doc.state.ok.us.
 Thank you so much for your effort that          ally was touched by the fact that the inmates

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                        Council on Law Enforcement
                           Educ ation & Training

      DECEmbEr 13, 2008

    The Correctional Training Academy in
Wilburton hosted a graduation ceremony
on December 13, 2008, for Correctional
Officer Cadet Class W102907. The 49
cadets in this class successfully complet-
ed the required 240 hours of pre-service
instruction. Fourteen different facilities
ranging from maximum to community-
level security, had students inW102907.
    The staff of the Correctional Training
Academy in Wilburton would like to
commend the Class of W102907 on a job
well done and wish them the best of luck        award reciPients
in their careers with the Department of
                                                       Paula J. Fent
Corrections.                                     Oklahoma State Penitentiary
                                                      Academic Award

                                                     amber mcKinley
                                              Eddie Warrior Correctional Center
                                                     Academic Award

                                                           rex a. Hines
                                                William S. Key Correctional Center
                                                           Class Speaker

                                                       amber mcKinley
                                                Eddie Warrior Correctional Center
                                                         Class Speaker

                                                       JedediaH G. Hasbell
                                             Lexington Assessment & Reception Center
                                                     Outstanding Performance

                                                     Hebron Garry younG
                                                   Oklahoma State Penitentiary
                                                    Outstanding Performance


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       Council on Law Enforcement
          Educ ation & Training

                                              FEbrUArY 14, 2008

                                          The Correctional Training Academy in
                                        Wilburton hosted a graduation ceremony
                                        on December 13, 2008, for Correctional
                                        Officer Cadet Class W010708. Kend-
                                        all Ballew, Chief Agent for the Fugitive/
                                        Warrants Unit and Eastern Region In-
                                        vestigations Supervisor, was the gradua-
                                        tion speaker. The 40 cadets in this class
                                        successfully completed the required 240
                                        hours of pre-service instruction. Seven-
                                        teen different facilities ranging from max-
                                        imum to community-level security, had
     award reciPients                   students in W010708.
                                          The staff of the Correctional Training
           JacK KestinG                 Academy in Wilburton would like to
Muskogee Community Corrections Center
          Academic Award                commend the Class of W010708 on a job
                                        well done and wish them the best of luck
            James robardey              in their careers with the Department of
   William S. Key Correctional Center   Corrections.
            Academic Award

           darren Harvell
  Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center
            Class Speaker

          dwayne walKer
   Dick Conner Correctional Center
           Class Speaker

          arnold Gibson
  Howard McLeod Correctional Center
      Outstanding Performance

             raul ortiz
    Mack Alford Correctional Center
      Outstanding Performance


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Sex Offender Treatment
         Knowing that the vast majority of sex offenders are released from
      prison, how should we as an agency tasked with protecting the public,
                make a case for sex offenders to return to society?
Written by Clint Castleberry



    S
          ex offenders are a hot-button       located at Jess Dunn Correctional            the tools necessary to avoid reoffending.
          item. If you read the paper or      Center and Joseph Harp Correctional          This system of supervision is comprised
          watch television, you’ll be hard    Center. Both programs utilize cognitive      of the supervising officer, the treatment
pressed to not see some information           based interventions to address sexual        provider, a polygraph examiner, and
pertaining to offenses of a sexual            behaviors. The treatment is preceded         a victim advocate. This collaborative
nature. The average citizen has strong        by extensive assessment to identify risks,   approach fosters an environment of
opinions about sex offenders.       Many      individual characteristics, and sexual       open communication and joint decision
citizens categorize sex offenders as          proclivities. This allows the treatment      making that allows for better supervision
pedophiles or rapists with no hope for        provider to develop an individualized        of sex offenders in the community.
rehabilitation.    The public generally       treatment plan for each offender.            Better supervision coupled with quality
feels that sex offenders are extremely        Treatment initially focuses on the           treatment lowers risk for re-offense.
dangerous and should be put away              offender accepting responsibility for         So what are the results? As indicated
indefinitely. The average citizen certainly   sexual behavior. Cognitive distortions,      earlier, research belies the widely held
doesn’t want a sex offender living in         triggering events and situations are         perceptions   of   the    public-at-large.
their neighborhood.      These persistent     identified.     Participants must then       Despite what you see on the evening
stereotypes reflect the concern of society    practice      and   rehearse   appropriate   news, official crime reports and victim
regarding this population.       Knowing      thoughts, behaviors and responses. This      reports indicate that sex crime rates have
that the vast majority of sex offenders       practice forces the offender to plan and     declined over the past decade (Tonry,
release from prison, how should we as an      rehearse for contingencies that may occur.   2004). Studies are also indicating that
agency tasked with protecting the public      Polygraph examinations are utilized to       sex offender treatment works.        In a
make a case for sex offenders to return to    obtain information pertaining to sexual      study focusing on the treatment of child
society? Easy. Look at the research.          behavior relevant to treatment.              molesters, treated offenders re-offended
    Several studies have indicated that         For those sex offenders placed on          at a rate of 18%, while untreated child
solid, evidence-based treatment, coupled      probation, a containment approach is         molesters reoffended at a 43% rate
with supervision, can drastically reduce      utilized. The Containment Model is a         (Barbaree and Marshall, 1988). Studies
the likelihood of reoffending.         The    method of management that focuses on         focusing on the treatment of sex offenders
Department of Corrections currently           holding offenders accountable for past       are indicating a statistically significant
employs evidence-based practices in           and present behaviors, while providing       impact on the rates of re-offense.
its institutional sex offender programs       the offender an opportunity to develop
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Lastly, in one of the most extensive         as corrections professionals should be
studies ever performed, Hanson and           diligent in protecting the public from       It isn’t where you come from,
Bussierre tracked the recidivism of                                                            It’s where you’re going
                                             serious, violent sex offenders, we must                 that counts.
29,450 sex offenders. Over a five year
                                             also work harder to dispel the myths
period only 14% were charged or                                                                    - Ella     Fitzgerald
convicted of new sex crimes. While we,       associated with sex offenders.



           The Journey Through Collaboration
                              Oklahoma Sex Offender Management Team
                                             Written by Karen White and Ann Toyer



   C
              ollaborating         calating public concern re-       When the ODOC began           lead vision statement, “No
              with community       garding sex offenders.           cultivating this collabora-    more victims of sexual of-
              members is not        This     public     alliance,   tive alliance, several meet-   fending!”	 united	 our	 com-
  unique to the Oklahoma           known as the Oklahoma            ings were held in a effort     mon purpose.
  Department of Corrections        Sex Offender Management          to achieve common ground        Creating a mission state-
  (ODOC).       However, col-      Team (SOMT) consisted of         during the initial process.    ment motivated our group
  laboration with community        individuals from across the      The most important process     to collaborate for the pur-
  members for the purpose          private and public sectors       to occur during those early,   pose of achieving our shared
  of addressing existing and                                                                       vision. Our mission state-
  emerging best practices in                                                                       ment reads, “The purpose
  sex offender management                  The Oklahoma Sex Offender                               of the Oklahoma Sex Of-
  has the distinction of being         Management Team (SOMT) consists                             fender Management Team
  the road less traveled.             of individuals from across the private                       is to advise the Oklahoma
   When the ODOC joined               and public sector representing various                       Department     of   Correc-
  the national effort to ad-                 disciplines and agencies.                             tions and advocate for the
  dress issues around sex of-                                                                      development of effective
  fender management, the                                                                           policies and practices that
  agency acknowledged that         representing various disci-      sessions was identifying a     assist in the identification,
  best practices in sex of-        plines and agencies.     The     common purpose and vi-         processing, supervision and
  fender management could          team included corrections        sion. A facilitator was uti-   treatment of sex offenders
  not be implemented with-         officials, the federal govern-   lized to direct the process    throughout the criminal
  out community involve-           ment, state service agencies,    of opening up dialog (capi-    justice system.” We were
  ment. In 2001, as the lead       private   service   partners,    talizing on the diverse per-   successful in this phase of
  agency of this initiative, the   local police departments,        spectives), developing trust   the collaborative process
  ODOC was able to recruit a       victims’ advocacy, the judi-     and mutual respect, thereby    as our vision and mission
  diverse group of community       ciary, prosecutors, defense      creating an environment        statements serve as the cata-
  members to form a multi-         attorneys, and other key         where shared perspectives      lyst needed to maintain the
  sector collaborative alliance    community members.               were merged into a vision      collaborative environment.
  designed to address the es-                                       and mission statement. Our


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 The diversity of the SOMT         needs of victims would not be      ter experts to provide leader-     OC’s role was more clearly
brings balance to the collab-      overlooked or marginalized.        ship in discussions, decision-     defined. As the SOMT be-
orative effort. Each individual    Treatment providers brought        making and task assignments.       came more task oriented, the
brings a uniqueness of purpose     a clinical perspective. State      For some, the meetings served      need for leadership to facili-
to the partnership. The group      service agencies brought a         as a framework for network-        tate the coordination of tasks
is able to draw from its mem-      willingness to share resources     ing.    Subsequent meetings        and to make critical decisions
bers due to the diverse per-       to implement the process.          and interactions among the         emerged. The ODOC guid-
spectives, and a well-rounded       Initially, not everyone who       members contributed to the         ed the leadership process and
view of the impact of the          attended the meetings had          creation of a solid base of        served as the communication
group’s actions on the com-        clearly defined roles applica-     support. This base support         liaison for the group. As the
munity. Initially each mem-        ble for every activity. In the     served as the focal point for      lead agency, the ODOC was
ber brought their perspective      latter part of the collabora-      statewide dialog surround-         also required to assume re-
to the table for the big picture   tive process, when sub-com-        ing the issues of sex offender     sponsibility for project com-
discussion. The victim advo-       mittees were established, the      management.                        pliance.
cacy groups ensured that the       team relied upon subject mat-       As the lead agency, the OD-


      After the vision and mission statement were developed, the focus turned to establishing a set of clear, attainable short and
     long-term goals. The goals were to:

      •	Develop a “seamless” continuum of treatment and                •	Develop rural and urban sex offender program models for
        supervision for sex offenders statewide (probation and           replication throughout Oklahoma
        parole, incarceration, transition, re-entry, and community
                                                                       •	Educate the SOMT (and others) about registration and
        sentencing)
                                                                         notification in Oklahoma
      •	Develop statewide standards for the use of the polygraph
                                                                       •	Educate SOMT (and others) about victim services
      •	Educate high-risk populations about prevention                   provided statewide


 The SOMT set about plan-          team proceeded with a strate-      Sex Offender Management.”          tional level.
ning specific activities for       gic plan to share best practices   This symposium provided our         In addition to ongoing com-
achieving these goals. The         statewide. Statewide training      community with a unique            munity education, the SOMT
team collaborated with the         initiatives were utilized as the   opportunity to network with        serves     in an advisory capac-
ODOC to develop statewide          vehicle to collectively “advo-     peers and collaborate with         ity for legislative initiatives.
treatment     and    polygraph     cate for the development of        others involved in the man-        The ODOC has instituted
standards.                         effective policies and practices   agement and treatment of           various policy revisions to
 The next plan of action re-       that assist in the identifica-     sex offenders. The featured        support recommendations by
quired a commitment from           tion, processing, supervision      workshops were designed to         the SOMT. The containment
the collaboration to commu-        and treatment of sex offend-       include a variety of topics rel-   model of supervision has been
nicate an understanding of         ers throughout the criminal        evant to the work involved in      implemented statewide, also
best practices in sex offender     justice system.”                   sex offender management. In        at the recommendation of
management to the broader           The first statewide conference    addition to networking local-      the SOMT. This collaborative
community. Once that com-          was entitled, “Enhancing the       ly, these conferences brought      effort has been successful in
mitment was secured, the           Effectiveness of Collaborative     together partners at the na-       providing a forum to educate,

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                                  T
partner, share resources, as                wo years ago the team goals           into formation to take advantage of the
well as working together to                 were re-visited. The team mo-         lifting power of the bird in front.
achieve the majority of the                 bilized into smaller groups to
team’s goals. Measuring the                                                        If we have as much sense as a goose, we
                                 work on specific tasks, assessing the exist-
impact of the group’s activi-                                                     will stay in formation with those people
                                 ing level of energy, participation and lead-
ties is a work in progress. A                                                     who are headed the same way we are.
                                 ership. The team discovered that sustaining
core group of individuals                                                          When the head goose gets tired, it rotates
                                 a collaborative environment is challenging.
has remained steadfast in
                                 Diagnosing progress to date has resulted in      back in the wing and another goose flies
purpose and mission. One
                                 a revamping of the team’s commitment.            point.
measurement of our success
                                 Restructuring is ongoing.
has been this sustained com-                                                       It is sensible to take turns doing demand-
                                  Collaboration has provided a vehicle for        ing jobs, whether with people or with geese
mitment.
                                 community partners in Oklahoma to work
 This   journey    has   been                                                     flying south.
                                 collectively to address various issues affect-
fraught with challenges, en-                                                       Geese honk from behind to encourage
                                 ing public safety. It made sense to join
ergized by victories, as the                                                      those up front to keep up their speed.
                                 forces and share resources. Implementing
team continues to evolve and
                                 statewide practices and procedures required         What messages do we give when we
redefine our shared mission
                                 the ideas and resources of others through-       honk from behind?
and purpose. Collaborating
                                 out the community. The story “The Sense
with non-traditional partners                                                       Finally ... and this is important ... when
                                 of the Goose” summarizes what we have
and supporting these ongo-                                                        a goose gets sick or is wounded by gun-
                                 learned about teamwork, partnerships and
ing relationships has been                                                        shot, and falls out of formation, two other
                                 collaboration. When you see geese flying
the highlight of this process.                                                    geese fall out with that goose and follow
                                 along in “V” formation, consider what
                                 science has discovered about this flight         it down to lend help and protection. They
                                 pattern.                                         stay with the fallen goose until it is able to

                                  As each bird flaps its wings, it creates up-    fly or until it dies, and only then do they
                                 lift for the bird immediately following. By      launch out on their own, or with another

    Happy                        flying in “V” formation, the whole flock
                                 adds at least 71 percent greater flying range
                                                                                  formation to catch up with their group.

                                                                                  If we have the sense of a goose, we will
    Easter                       than if each bird flew on its own.               stand by each other like that.
                                                                                                        –Author Unknown

   March 23
                                  People who share a common direction and
                                 sense of community can get where they are         As we strive towards perfecting the art of
                                 going more quickly and easily because they       sharing, partnerships and collaboration,
                                 are traveling on the thrust of one another.      the lessons learned serve as our guide; we
                                  When a goose falls out of formation, it         are inspired to keep working as partners to
                                 suddenly feels the drag and resistance of        enhance community safety.
                                 trying to go it alone and quickly gets back




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Sex and Violent Offender Registration Unit

                                              Effective November 1, 2007, Oklahoma’s Sex Offenders Registration Act was
                                             amended in order for our state to remain in compliance with federal sex offender
                                             registration laws. The Act provides that the Department of Corrections establish
                                             a risk assessment review committee composed of at least five members who are
      The Sex and Violent Offender           state employees with a variety of experience in law enforcement, sex offender
     Registration Unit maintains the         treatment, victim advocacy, and social work. The committee has developed a sex
     statewide registries for both sex       offender screening tool that is used to determine the level of risk of persons subject
     and violent offenders. The Sex          to registration. The Sex Offender Registration Level Assignment Tool (DOC
     and Violent Offender Registries         020307E) is the designated screening tool for assigning registered sex offenders to
     are available to the public via         level one (low risk), level two (moderate risk), or level three (high risk). The Sex
     the internet by going to www.           and Violent Crime Offender Registry Unit has assigned all registered sex offenders
     doc.state.ok.us;     clicking     on    to one of these numeric risk levels.
     Offenders and then selecting
                                              The amended law has also changed registration time periods for many sex
     either Sex Offender Lookup or
                                             offenders. Offenders assigned a numeric risk level of one are required to register
     Violent Offender Lookup. The
                                             for fifteen (15) years from the date of the completion of their sentence if sentenced
     sex offender registry is a live
                                             in Oklahoma. Offenders assigned a numeric risk level of two are required to
     database of more than 5600
                                             register for twenty-five (25) years. Offenders assigned a numeric risk level of three
     active offenders that is updated
                                             are required to register for life. Sex offenders designated as habitual or aggravated
     by the hour; making it one of
                                             will continue to register for life.
     the most up-to-date and current
     registries in the nation. The site is    Address verification time frames have changed for registered sex offenders under
     very popular and is used by both        the new law. Level one sex offenders must verify their addresses annually; level two
     the public and law enforcement.         sex offenders semiannually; and level three, habitual and aggravated sex offenders
                                             ,every 90 days. The Sex and Violent Crime Offender Registry Unit conducts
                                             address verifications in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies. The unit
                                             will conduct a minimum of 15,000 address verifications in calendar year 2008.
                                              The Sex and Violent Crime Offender Registry Unit enjoys good working
                                             relationships with law enforcement in the state from the smallest police department
             Written by                      to the United States Marshal. In calendar year 2007, 23 training sessions regarding
      Jim Rabon, Administrator               the sex offender registration process were provided to probation and parole officers,
     Sentence Administration and             facility staff, and law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Helping local law
          Offender Records                   enforcement to stay current on registration laws has directly resulted in Oklahoma
                                             maintaining a higher offender compliance rate than the national average.
                                              The Sex and Violent Offender Registration Unit works hard to provide local
                                             law enforcement and the general public with current and accurate sex offender
                                             registration information.      The Registry unit staff include Lawana Hamrick,
                                             Coordinator, Carolyn Rhone, Bonnie Yarbrough, and Rita Flood.
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                                                                                                      Introduction




     INCArCErATION:
                                                                                       Certain public health scholars have recently as-
                                                                                      serted that the “root cause” of the spread of HIV
                                                                                     and other infectious social diseases is “incarceration
                                                                                     itself ” (Maru, et. al., 2007). This position is based
                                                                                      on the argument that the prevalence and transmis-
                                                                                      sion of HIV infection are much higher in America’s
                                                                                        prison systems than among its general population.
                                                                                         Prisons have been characterized as reservoirs
Not the Root Cause of Global HIV                                                           where infectious diseases are amplified, then
Epidemic, But Part of the Solution                                                          exported when newly infected inmates are
     The following article was written by Jeffrey A. Beard, Ph.D.,                           released to our communities. Mechanisms
    Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, and                             believed responsible for these effects include
                      reprinted with persmission.
                                                                                             “inadequate prevention, treatment, and poor
                                                prisoners about activities before,           continuity of care for inmates during periods
                                                during, and after a period of in-           of incarceration,” the “disruption of social
                                                carceration indicated that they            networks,” and the resulting inability to access
                                                engaged in fewer HIV risk be-              “meaningful employment, rehabilitation pro-
                                                haviors while in prison than              grams, and mental health treatment” offered in
                                                after release. For example,              the community. The major assumptions under-
                                                imprisoned      intravenous             lying this position, however, are generally faulty
                                                drug users having to fash-             and disregard existing research literature address-
                                                ion injection apparatus               ing this specific topic. Although the prevalence of
                                                from pens, light bulbs,               HIV infection is approximately four times as high
                                                and medicine droppers                for incarcerated populations (1.7%) as it is in the
                                                used drugs less frequent-            general U.S. population (0.43%), HIV transmission
          Jeffrey A. Beard, Ph.D.               ly than they did when on             in prison has been found to be relatively infrequent.
                                                the street where injec-              The vast majority of inmates infected with HIV have
   Transmission of HIV in Prison                tion devices were easier             been infected prior to incarceration, and periods of
 Transmission of HIV does occur behind          to obtain. Similarly, in-             confinement actually serve to link these individu-
bars. Inmates are a sub-population of in-       mates who reported en-                 als with the resources necessary for reducing both
dividuals more likely to engage in high         gaging in penetrative sex                HIV morbidity and risk of transmission in the
risk activities associated with the transmis-   while in prison also reported              community after release from prison. As cor-
sion of HIV and other infectious diseas-        doing so more frequently on                 rectional administrators, we have a respon-
es – whether within or outside of prison        the outside. Empirical evidence              sibility to identify and correct information
walls – such as needle sharing, sexual inter-   over the past two decades dem-               that misrepresents our prison systems, and
course, and tattooing. However, the rates       onstrates that these behaviors are            the impact of imprisonment on the safety of
of drug use, frequency of sex, and diversity    not frequent enough between                   our public. A failure to do so will likely re-
of partners within restrictive prison envi-     HIV infected inmates and sus-                 sult in a misinformed public and the subse-
ronments are reduced as compared to what        ceptibles to result in a high rate           quent development of public policy driven
they would be for the same individuals in       of HIV transmission. Research                by fear and prejudice, rather than by reason,
free society. Interviews of 452 released        studies conducted to examine                evidence, and science.

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the rate of seroconversion within prison         •	Maryland	(Brewer	et.	al.,	1988)	–	study	        Transmission of Hepatitis C
have consistently found that the within-                                                                Virus in Prison
                                                 found that seroconversion occurred in 2
prison transmission of HIV has been sig-                                                        It is also worth noting that similar results
                                                 out of 393 inmates (representing a total of
nificantly overstated.                                                                         have been observed when examining the
                                                 482 prison-years) who were seronegative
                                                                                               intra-prison transmission rates of similar
•	 Georgia	 (CDC,	 2006)	 –	 a	 recent	 ex-      at baseline (prison reception). The overall
                                                                                               infectious diseases, such as Hepatitis C
amination of the Nation’s fifth largest          rate of infection for inmates incarcerated
                                                                                               Virus (HCV). While HIV and HCV are
prison system found that 91% of male             in the Maryland State Prison System was
                                                                                               very different viruses, they generally in-
inmates who were identified as being             found to be 0.41% per prison year. The        fect the same high-risk population since
HIV-positive were infected before they           findings of these four studies, as well as    they are both spread primarily through
arrived. Over the 17-year study period           others (Mutter et. al., 1994; Kelley et.      contact with the blood of infected in-
(from July 1988 to February 2005), a to-         al., 1986; Castro et. al., 1991), suggest     dividuals. Studies of HCV incidence in
tal of only 88 male inmates were known
                                                 that HIV transmission during imprison-        male inmates incarcerated in the Mary-
to have both a negative HIV test result
                                                 ment occurs less frequently than has been     land prison system found a rate of 1 per
upon entry into prison and a subsequent
                                                 suggested, and support what our state         100 person-years. A more recent study
confirmed positive HIV test result dur-
                                                 prison systems have observed and expe-        examining male inmates housed in the
ing incarceration. Georgia’s state prison
                                                 rienced anecdotally. These studies serve      Rhode Island Adult Correctional Insti-
system housed approximately 18,700
                                                 to strongly refute claims made by certain     tute found the within-prison incidence
inmates during 1988 and 45,000 during
                                                 public health scholars suggesting that in-    of HCV to be 2 per 550.9 person-years,
2005.
                                                                                               or 0.4 per 100 person-years.
                                                 traprison HIV transmission is the “root
•	Rhode	Island	(Macalino	et.	al.,	2004)	
                                                 cause” of the global HIV epidemic. Yet,        Prison Inmates Generally Arrive
– the within-prison incidence of HIV
                                                 the frequency of HIV transmission in                 With the Infection
was also investigated among 446 male
                                                 prison settings remains an understudied        The observation that HIV and other dis-
inmates confined in the Rhode Island
                                                 area. Challenges in obtaining represen-       eases are more common in prisons than
Correctional Institute. The HIV trans-
                                                                                               in free society simply points to the fact
mission rate was confirmed to be 0 per           tative samples, ensuring adherence with
                                                                                               that the inmate population is comprised
694 person-years of follow-up.                   medical confidentiality requirements,
                                                                                               of individuals who were engaging in
                                                 collecting data on inmate risk behaviors,
•	 Nevada	 (Horsburgh	 et.	 al.,	 1990)	 –	 a	                                                 high-risk behaviors in their communities.
study of the incidence of HIV infection          and variations in testing procedures be-
                                                                                               It is not surprising that the vast majority
in 3,837 inmates confined in the Nevada          tween jurisdictions have contributed to
                                                                                               (85% - 95%) of the infections identified
Department of Prisons system found that          the reality that too few studies have been
                                                                                               in prison have been associated with pre-
seroconversion occurred in two inmates           conducted in this area. Further research      incarceration high-risk behaviors (e.g.,
while incarcerated, a rate of one conver-        is needed to examine this important top-      intravenous drug use, prostitution, etc.).
sion per 604 person years. Further, the          ic over time if we wish to obtain further     In the Georgia study noted previously,
two cases of possible seroconversion may         evidence regarding the rate of HIV trans-     91% (780 out of 856) of the inmates
have been attributed to exposure that            mission within prison environments. In        diagnosed with HIV were infected prior
occurred before entry into the system,           the meantime, it is remiss to make as-        to incarceration. Based on this premise,
suggesting that the transmission rates           sumptions that are not based upon our         it is inappropriate to compare the rates
are actually maximum estimates of sero-          current knowledge of this issue – both        of HIV prevalence in prison to that in
conversion. The investigation concluded                                                        the general population. It would be more
                                                 empirically and anecdotally – demon-
that intra-prison HIV infection was rare                                                       informative to compare the rates of HIV
                                                 strating that HIV transmission in prison
in inmates in this correctional setting.                                                       in prison with those among individuals
                                                 is not common.

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engaging in comparable risk behaviors,
comprising the “pockets of infection” liv-
ing in our general public. For example,
statistics clearly illustrate that injection



                                                 People don’t
drug users and prostitutes remaining in
the general community have elevated
rates of HIV and HCV infections (simi-


                                                know what you
lar to those you would expect to find
among an inmate population) compared
with the general population.

  Incarceration Provides a rare
Opportunity to Target a Hard-To-               do unless you tell
                                                   them...
 reach, High-risk Population
 Contrary to the notion that prisons pose
a threat to public health safety, correc-
tional practices are an important element



                                                  CALL
of public health control for infectious
diseases like HIV and HCV. The millions
of individuals who have at one or more



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times been incarcerated in the United
States, many of whom are illicit drug us-
ers, have been among the most difficult
to reach with critical health screening,
prevention, and treatment efforts. The
prison environment provides a unique
opportunity to diagnose, treat, and edu-
                                                 Advertise with
cate prisoners and ultimately disrupt the
transmission of diseases such as HIV and
HCV by offenders, most of whom will
                                                  INSIDE
                                               COrrECTIONS
be released back into their communities.
The correctional environment provides
otherwise “hard-to-reach” individuals
with accessible and appropriate health
care services and behavioral interven-
tions otherwise unavailable, unsought,
or unaccessed in the community.
                                                   and tell
HIV is Identified and Prevented by
  Prison Health Care Systems
 Voluntary and mandatory screening
                                                EVErYbODY!
policies have been implemented in vari-
ous jurisdictions to determine HIV sero-
positivity at entry, periodically through-

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out incarceration, and/or upon release      als before or after incarceration. Prison    service providers, ensuring the receipt of
from the system. Nationally, 73% of state   systems have implemented comprehen-          financial benefits/medical assistance ben-
inmates and 77% of federal inmates sur-     sive HIV treatment protocols in accor-       efits, and establishing necessary linkages
veyed during 2004 were tested for HIV       dance with current Centers for Disease       to provide HIV counseling and psycho-
during incarceration. A recent study of     Control (CDC) guidelines. Pharmaco-          social support.
165 HIV infected prisoners found that       logical treatments for HIV provide one
                                                                                               Prison Provides Effective
the majority (68%, N = 112) of those        example. In many prisons, antiretrovi-             Interventions Targeting
cases were initially diagnosed by the       ral therapy is administered under direct             High-risk behaviors
prison system. Clearly, improved clinical   observation to inmates. Adherence to          Assertions that incarceration “prevents
outcomes are achieved with earlier detec-   antiretroviral therapy among prisoners       meaningful employment or entrance
tion and timelier intervention. Further,    has been good. Studies in New York and       into social service and rehabilitation
since 97% of inmates return to their        Wisconsin found that CD4 counts and          programs,” or that “behaviors placing
communities, diagnosis is an important      viral load measures in correctional pa-      individuals at high-risk for HIV trans-
component of overall prevention efforts.    tients improved in a similar pattern to      mission remain unaddressed” are misin-
Approximately one quarter of people         that in clinical trials, or in community     formed and grossly inaccurate. Today’s
living with HIV do not know that they       treated patients. While the number of        prisons deliver evidence-based programs
have been infected with the virus, which    HIV cases continues to increase in the       to reduce high-risk behaviors by address-
hinders our responsiveness to this epi-     United States, the number of state and       ing the multiple needs of offenders. HIV
demic. Further estimations suggest that     federal inmates infected with HIV has        education for both staff and inmates, and
individuals unaware of their HIV infect-    been decreasing since 1999. AIDS cases       specialized prevention counseling, are of-
ed status may account for 54-70% of all     in this period declined 20%, while AIDS      fered. Additionally, treatment programs
new sexually transmitted HIV infections     cases in the general US population in-       targeting offender needs in the areas of
in the United States. Inmates who com-      creased by 44%. And, while the rate of       substance abuse, mental illness, educa-
plete their sentences and return to soci-   AIDS-related deaths has stabilized in the    tion, vocational training, and general
ety unaware that they are infected pose     general population, this rate has declined   criminal attitudes and behaviors (e.g.,
a continuing risk to the community. On      in our prison systems. These findings        anti-social attitudes, anti-social associ-
the other hand, inmates diagnosed with      clearly demonstrate that correctional        ates, decision-making, problem-solving,
HIV are more likely to take precautions     systems are providing effective HIV care     coping skills, etc.) are provided. Reha-
to avoid transmission. In the Georgia       at least equivalent to that in the com-      bilitative efforts provide a continuum
study, 75% of the inmates infected with     munity.                                      of care from prison to the community,
HIV reported that they intended to tell                                                  and formal relationships are developed
                                         Incarceration Promotes Continuity
their sex partners on the outside about   of Care for HIV Treatment From                 with community partners to ensure the
their unprotected sex experiences during     Prison to the Community                     accessibility and timely delivery of ap-
imprisonment.                                Prisons and jails increasingly assure       propriate services. Effective correctional
                                            continuity of care and follow-up of HIV/     treatment programs have proven to re-
     Appropriate HIV Treatment is
         Provided by Prison                 AIDS patients after release from custody.    duce recidivism rates by 10 – 30% by
         Health Care Systems                This work begins several months before       reducing the same set of behaviors that
 Under the Eighth Amendment, prisons        scheduled release dates. Case manage-        places these individuals at higher risk
are obliged to provide health care to in-   ment services include formal referrals       for HIV infection. A follow-up review
mates equivalent to established standards   to appropriate community resources,          of women who had participated in a be-
of care in the community; no such en-       setting up appointments, providing or        havioral intervention program in Rhode
titlement exists for these same individu-   arranging transportation to community        Island supports the notion that recidi-

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vism reduction efforts serve to reduce the   in high-risk behaviors (e.g., unsafe sex,     intended to benefit. On the contrary, risk
high-risk behaviors associated with HIV      drug use, use of injected drugs) follow-      behavior is constrained in correctional
infection. Among inmates who partici-        ing release than those men who did not        institutions, and correctional health care
pated in Rhode Island’s intervention and     participate in the intervention.              contributes importantly to risk reduc-
discharge planning program, the rate of                                                    tion, detection, and treatment of HIV,
                                                           Conclusion                      and to continuing prevention and care
return to prison was reduced by 26% one
                                              The health and health care of inmates        after release from custody. Increased re-
year after release, and they had reduced
                                             remains a vitally important, if perhaps       search and services for inmates can only
or eliminated the high-risk activities in
                                             under-appreciated, public health con-         advance understanding and improve
the community that led to their incarcer-    cern. But contemporary suggestions in         control of infectious and other diseases
ation. Similarly, a pre-release HIV pre-     public health literature that incarcera-      in this population. But in order to best
vention intervention program provided        tion is driving the HIV epidemic are un-      serve public health needs, such research
for male inmates in California found that    founded, misleading, and ill-informed,        and services must also extend into the
men randomly assigned to the program         and public policy founded on such no-         communities from which inmates come
were significantly less likely to engage     tions would ill serve the populations it is   and to which they return.


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                  JUSTICE for VICTImS                                           CrImE VICTImS rIGHTS DAY
                    JUSTICE for ALL                                             AT THE CAPITOL CErEmONY
                     CONFErENCE
                                                                                       Wednesday, April 16, 2008
                   April 15 - April 16, 2008                                                     1:00 p.m.
                moore Norman Technology Center
                                                                                    South Plaza, State Capitol Building
                     13301 S. Pennsylvania
                        Oklahoma City                                                        Oklahoma City

        The Honorable Drew Edmondson, Attorney General                          JUSTICE for VICTImS. JUSTICE for ALL

                      Lunch Keynote Speaker                                Special Guests: Lt. Governor Jari Askins
                                                                                           District Attorney Rob Hudson
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        Watch for Brochure and Registration Information on                                 Representative John McMullen
                       www.doc.state.ok.us

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                             Professional Organizations




                             OCA
                             Such as the Oklahoma Correctional
                             Association Offer Something for Everyone!
                             by Kristin Tims and Debbie Boyer




                              T
                                       here     are      many     benefits    Department employees may choose
                                       to     joining    a    professional   to join any number of criminal justice
                                       organization.          Professional   related    professional     organizations,
                             organizations     provide       opportunities   including the Oklahoma Correctional
                             for lifelong learning, growth, and              Association. The Oklahoma Correctional
                             development. Many publish newsletters           Association (OCA) is a multi-disciplinary
                             which keep members informed on                  organization consisting of correctional
                             issues and developments in their chosen         professionals, individuals, agencies, and
                             field. Others offer annual conferences          organizations involved in all aspects
                             where attendees can network with other          of the criminal justice system. It is an
                             professionals in the field, learn about         organization dedicated to opportunity,
                             emerging trends, and access vendors             commitment, and achievement, which is
                             to learn more about new products,               the mission of the association.
                             services, and technology. Membership              The association was created in 1981
                             in professional organizations is also           as the Oklahoma Criminal Justice
                             an excellent addition to any resume.            Association. In 1982, the organization
                             Membership       illustrates     involvement    joined with the American Correctional
     OCA histOriCAl phOtOs




                             in a chosen field.       Some professional      Association to provide dual membership
                             organizations are also active in the            for its constituents. This affiliation gave
                             community which provides an avenue              the organization opportunity to become
                             for members to “give back” to the               an advocate for issues of local and
                             communities in which they live and              state importance, while having strong
                             work.                                           support from a national organization
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whose roots date back to 1870. This            Vincent Orza. Dr. Orza is an author,             addressing a variety of topics within
led to a revitalization in 1987 when the       small businessman, corporate executive,          four distinct workshop tracks: (1) Adult
organization was renamed the Oklahoma          award winning television news anchor,            Corrections; (2) Juvenile Corrections; (3)
Correctional Association. It is the mission    university professor of Marketing and            Treatment and Rehabilitative Services;
of the OCA to provide its membership           Economics, candidate for Governor                and (4) Human Resources and Career
with the educational benefits of national      of the State of Oklahoma, and Dean               Development.
and state conferences and workshops            of the Meinders School of Business at             Attendees     also   had     opportunities
as well as exposure to fellowship and          Oklahoma City University.                        to	 have	 some	 fun!	 	 The	 annual	 golf	
networking opportunities with other             Following     the    Opening        Session,    tournament was held on Wednesday
professionals in all aspects of the criminal   attendees proceeded to the Grand                 morning at the Coffee Creek Golf Club
justice profession.                            Opening of the Exhibit Hall where                in Edmond, Oklahoma. On Wednesday
 Throughout 2007, the organization             vendor booths provided information               evening there was a President’s Reception
participated   in     several   community      on a variety of products and services            honoring current and past presidents
service projects. Members worked in the        including      commissary,          uniforms,    as well as Oklahoma Trails and Tails
Oklahoma City area with Habitat for            furniture,    communications,        security,   Night which featured a scavenger hunt
Humanity, assisting with the building of       time keeping, drug testing, office               with prizes awarded and a western
a home. In the spring, a clothing drive        products, and pharmaceuticals—just to            comedy performance. Thursday evening
was held in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and           name	a	few!                                      attendees enjoyed dinner followed by
McAlester. Clothing was donated to the          Throughout the conference, attendees            music and karaoke provided by Rock’n
Education and Employment Ministry              had an opportunity to choose from                the Kasbaw.
in Oklahoma City, the Urban League             several intensive workshops including:            The conference concluded on Friday
in Tulsa and several local organizations       Financial Best Practices, presented by           with morning workshops and a tour of
in the McAlester area to assist adults in      the Office of State Finance; Prisoner            the Oklahoma County Juvenile Bureau,
their search for employment. During            Rape Elimination Act, presented by               followed by the awards luncheon and
the annual conference, cell phones and         Department of Corrections staff; and             business meeting.
eye glasses were collected. A food drive       American      Correctional     Association        Eric R. Franklin, Warden, Oklahoma
was held during the month of November,         Accreditation, presented by the Director         State Reformatory, was presented the
with a donation being made to the              of Standards and Accreditation for the           Oklahoma       Correctional     Association
Regional Food Bank. The organization           American      Correctional    Association,       Achievement      Award.        Scholarships
appreciates the participation in these         Mark A. Flowers.                                 totaling $3,800 were awarded to Gregory
projects, and many more are being
                                                A highlight of the conference was the           Davis (Lawton Community Corrections
planned for 2008.
                                               workshop entitled, Effective Prison              Center);     Ganiu    Jimoh    (Oklahoma
 On October 17, 18, 19, 2007, the              Leadership: Proactive Approaches for All         City Community Corrections Center);
association celebrated its 20th anniversary    Correctional Environments, presented             Bradley and Danielle Kornele, son
and held its 21st annual conference. This      by Robert A. Hood. Mr. Hood is a                 and daughter of Richard and Christie
year’s conference was held at the Crowne       national security advisor and former             Kornele, (Bill Johnson Correctional
Plaza Hotel in Oklahoma City, and              warden of the maximum security prison            Center); Timothy Faulkner, grandson of
featured a Centennial theme, “Brand            that housed Timothy McVeigh as well as           Donna Miller, (Administrative Services);
New State . . . Gonna Treat You Great . . .    several other notable terrorists.                Matthew Porter (Interstate Compact);
The	Next	100	Years!”                                                                            Carl Bear (Oklahoma State Reformatory);
                                                Over 30 concurrent workshops were
 The conference began with an Opening          also offered throughout the conference           and Kendall Elliott, son of Amy Elliott,
Session featuring keynote speaker, Dr.                                                          (Personnel).
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                              As   you   can   see,   the   Oklahoma     of the organization can do so by accessing
                             Correctional Association offers something   the American Correctional Association
                             for	 everyone!	 	 The	 organization	 has	 website at www.aca.org. By joining ACA,
                             a long history and a bright future.         membership in OCA is automatic and the
                             Anyone interested in becoming a member      benefits of both organizations are available.




     OCA histOriCAl phOtOs




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In compiling Oklahoma Corrections
History, the Oklahoma Department of
Corrections has utilized departmental
archives, research previously
conducted by students and scholars,
and the best recollection of current
and past employees. While not
necessarily absolute, this history is
considered to be generally accurate.




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          book will help build the
          Employee Memorial.

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                                                       Executive
                                                        Women
                                                           in corrections
       J’me Overstreet
      Associate Director

                                        J’me Overstreet ship development training for Finance                 and Accounting,
                                        began her career in     Dominion Correctional Ser-         Personnel, Training and Staff
                                        corrections in 1978     vices at facilities in Oklahoma    Development, Information
                                       as a correctional of-    and Colorado, and for the          Technology, and Internal Af-
                                      ficer. She has held       National Institute of Correc-      fairs.
                                     a variety of positions     tions. Ms. Overstreet is cur-       Ms. Overstreet was born
                                    over the past thirty        rently a consultant for NIC        and raised in the great state
                                   years. Her responsi-         for the State Leadership Pro-      of Oklahoma, and is an avid
                                  bilities have included:       gram for Women in Correc-          Oklahoma State Cowboys
                                 Correctional        Officer,   tions and the Executive Lead-      fan. She is married with two
                                Probation/Parole Officer,       ership Program for Women in        children. Her son Blake is
                               Assistant Deputy Director        Corrections. Other consult-        26 and is a musician called
                               of Probation and Parole,         ing assignments have includ-       BlakeO, and her daughter
                              Assistant Superintendent          ed working with correctional       Jessica is 23, and attends law
        Pam Ramsey           of two different community         and law enforcement systems        school in Florida. Ms. Over-
     Executive Assistant     corrections facilities (a co-ed    to develop processes for im-       street is a volunteer for the
                            facility, and a long-term and       plementing a leadership de-        Christmas Connection, which
                            sex offender facility), Admin-      velopment program from the         provides food and clothing to
                           istrator of Human Resources,         ground up. Her work with           those in need.
                           Deputy Director of Admin-            public and private entities has
                                                                                                    Ms. Overstreet’s best advice
                           istration, Deputy Director           put her in consulting or train-
                                                                                                   to new leaders in the organi-
                           of Staff and Organizational          ing roles with staff from all 50
                                                                                                   zation is “be true to yourself.”
                           Development and is currently         state correctional systems, as
                           the Associate Director of Ad-        well as many county jail sys-
                            ministrative Services.              tems, and the Federal Bureau         Pam ramsey has 27 years
                                                                of Prisons.                        of administrative/office man-
                            Ms. Overstreet holds a
                                                                                                   agement experience with the
                            bachelor’s degree in Sociolo-        Ms. Overstreet’s current
                                                                                                   state of Oklahoma, beginning
                            gy-Criminal Justice and has         responsibilities as Associate
                             completed some post grad-          Director for Administrative        her career in the secretarial
       Neville Massie                                                                              field in 1981 as a secretary at
                              uate hours. Ms. Overstreet        Services include the supervi-
     Executive Assistant
     Legislative Liaison       has done consulting and          sion of the General Counsel,       Oklahoma State University.
                                management/leader-              Contracts and Acquisitions,           Ms. Ramsey began employ-
22
ment with the Oklahoma De-         to the Oklahoma Board of           Parole Officer. She was pro-     ing Psychology from the Uni-
partment of Corrections in         Corrections. She provides          moted to Senior Probation        versity of Central Oklahoma.
1982 in the Office of the Di-      administrative support to a        and Parole Officer, Interstate
rector as a Clerk Typist II and    seven member board and co-         Compact Officer, and also          Debbie mahaffey began
quickly progressed through         ordinates all meetings, travel,    served in the position as the    her career in corrections in
the secretarial ranks serving in   correspondence and other in-       Administrative Assistant to      1978 as a Case Manager upon
several administrative support     quiries and interactions with      the Deputy Director of the       the opening of the Lexington
capacities to include Secretary    board members.                     Probation and Parole Divi-
                                                                                                       Assessment and Reception
II, Executive Secretary (classi-      Ms. Ramsey is a 1977 grad-      sion. In 1985, she transferred
                                                                                                       Center. She quickly moved
fied); Secretary (Unclassified);   uate of Boley High School,         to the Division of Programs
                                                                                                       on to become Case Manager
and Executive Secretary (Un-       Boley, Oklahoma, where she         and Services, serving as the
                                                                                                       Supervisor at the opening of
classified).                       graduated at the top of her        Administrative Assistant to
                                                                                                       Jess Dunn Correctional Cen-
   In 1988, Ms. Ramsey was         class as Valedictorian. She re-    the Deputy Director until
appointed Secretary to the         ceived certification in the area   1987, when she was then pro-     ter in Taft, Oklahoma. She
Director and was later pro-        of General Office Education        moted to the position of the     then spent six years work-
moted to the position of Ad-       from Gordon Cooper Area            Executive Assistant to the Di-   ing in community residential
ministrative Assistant. She        Vocational Technical School        rector. Ms. Massie served in     facilities in Muskogee and
left the agency in 1992 to         in Shawnee and also attended       this capacity until August of    McAlester as Assistant Super-
accept the position of Execu-      Oklahoma State University          1989, at which time she ac-      intendent and Superinten-
tive Secretary to the Adjutant     and Oklahoma City Com-             cepted the position of Deputy    dent, respectively, and about
General of Oklahoma. A year        munity College.                    Warden for the Mabel Bas-        eighteen months in Probation
later, her job role expanded to       Ms. Ramsey and her hus-         sett Correctional Center. On     and Parole. In 1991 she be-
accommodate the added re-          band, Floyd, have two sons         February 19, 1992, she was       came Administrative Assistant
sponsibilities of the Adjutant     and one grandson. Her extra-       assigned as the Acting Ad-       to the Regional Director and
General, who was appointed         curricular activities include:     ministrator for the depart-
                                                                                                       then returned to Jess Dunn
by the Governor as Cabinet         member, National Association       ment’s Construction and
                                                                                                       Correctional Center as Dep-
Secretary of Veterans Affairs.     of Blacks in Criminal Justice;     Maintenance Unit. On May
                                                                                                       uty Warden in 1995. That
   Ms. Ramsey returned to          member, American Correc-           1, 1992, she accepted the po-
                                                                                                       same year she was appointed
the Oklahoma Department            tional Association; member,        sition of Warden for the Ma-
                                                                                                       to the position of Warden at
of Corrections in January          Oklahoma Employees Memo-           bel Bassett Correctional Cen-
of 1998 as Executive Assis-        rial Foundation; and member,       ter. On March 1, 2004, Ms.       Eddie Warrior Correctional
tant to the Director. She has      Oklahoma Correctional Asso-        Massie was appointed to the      Center, which at the time was
served as a Secretary/Execu-       ciation. She is also a mem-        position of Assistant Deputy     the largest female prison in
tive Secretary and Adminis-        ber of Voice of Praise Baptist     Director/Institutions of the     Oklahoma.    In 1999, Deb-
trative/Executive Assistant to     Church where she is involved       West Central Region. She as-     bie was appointed as Warden
six Directors during her 20        with the youth, a part of the      sumed the position of Execu-     at Dick Conner Correctional
years with the Department of       Praise Team, Women’s Mis-          tive Assistant to the Director   Center in Hominy Okla-
Corrections; including Larry       sionary Unit, Pastor’s Aide        on July 1, 2006, and serves as   homa, a twelve hundred bed
Meachum, Gary Maynard,             Committee and Hospitality          the agency’s Legislative Liai-   male, high medium security
Larry Fields, James Saffle,        Committee.                         son.                             facility.
Ron Ward and current Direc-                                              Ms. Massie has a Bachelor’s     Debbie became Regional
tor Justin Jones.                    Neville     massie  began        Degree in Psychology from
                                                                                                       Director for the Eastern Re-
   One very significant aspect     her career in the Oklahoma         Chestnut Hill College, Phila-
                                                                                                       gion of the state in 2001
of Ms. Ramsey’s position           Department of Corrections          delphia, Pennsylvania, and a
                                                                                                       and in 2002 became Deputy
includes her role as liaison       in 1975 as a Probation and         Master’s Degree in Counsel-

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                                          Director of Op-           ciation and United Methodist       Rodeo, and her photo was
                                             erations Support.      Women. She has also recently       featured on the front page of
                                              During her ten-       taken part in conferences          the	OSP	newsletter!!	
                                              ure in this posi-     with the Association of Parol-       So…Sharon changed her
                                              tion she was ap-      ing Authorities and National       major and continued working
                                              pointed to serve      Commission on Correctional         for DOC part-time during
                                               on     legislative   Health Care.                       the school year and full-time
                                               interim      study                                      in the summer until she grad-
                                               committees             When a neighbor who              uated from OU with a double
                                              concerned with        worked for the Oklahoma            major in sociology and po-
                                              women offenders       Department of Corrections          litical science and a minor in
                                              and operational       hired Sharon Neumann for           psychology. She had her eye
        Debbie Mahaffey
        Deputy Director                       guidelines      for   a summer job in June 1969,         set on a Probation and Pa-
                                             corrections.    She    the agency was about to cel-       role Officer position. How-
                                             originated the first   ebrate its second birthday         ever, she was disheartened to
                                          Oklahoma confer-          and was located at N.E. 4th        learn that the agency didn’t
                                         ence for faith-based       and Walnut. All administra-        need any more female officers
                                         and        community       tive staff for the agency and      because the 2 that were em-
                                        organizations        and    for the Division of Probation      ployed in Oklahoma City and
                                       published an article in      and Parole officed at that site.   the one woman in Tulsa were
                                      Corrections Today on          The number of staff was so         adequate to supervise the
                                     Safety and Technology.         small that everyone, includ-       number of female probation-
                                      In 2005, she created          ing the summer help, could         ers and parolees. Undeterred,
                                    the Division of Treat-          sit around a single conference     Sharon went to work in the
                                   ment and Rehabilitative          table for holiday dinners.         agency’s research unit where
                                  services where she cur-           That summer, Sharon posted         one of her assignments was to
           Joyce Jackson
                                  rently serves as Deputy           and filed institutional mis-       work on a grant submitted to
     Executive Communications
           Administrator         Director, supervising Medi-        conducts; recorded offender        the Law Enforcement Assis-
                                cal Services, Mental Health         cards changes of address for       tance Administration to fund
                                Services, Programs, Reentry,        probationers and parolees;         the hiring of more than 200
                                Religious, Volunteer and Vic-       and prepared offender files,       Probation and Parole Officer
                                tim Services. The division is       since statehood for microfilm-     positions. For the first time,
                                also responsible for Grants         ing by tossing from a second       officers would be required to
                                Administration and Quality          floor window into a dumpster       possess an undergraduate de-
                                Assurance.                          in the parking lot below, all      gree. Simultaneously, about
                                  Debbie is a graduate of the       documents in the file except       this time, a federal mandate
                                University of Oklahoma with         the Judgment and Sentence.         determined that women had
                                 a bachelor’s degree in Psy-        With duties like that, how         equal rights to employment.
                                 chology. She is a member           could Sharon do anything           Sharon was hired as a Proba-
                                  of the American Correc-           other than fall in love with       tion and Parole Officer with
        Sharon Neumann
         Deputy Director           tional Association, Okla-        corrections? Oh, yes, she also     grant funds in December
                                    homa Correctional Asso-         got free tickets to the Prison     1974. And so it began.

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  Sharon’s career with the        1982, as the Public Informa-        the National Institute of Cor-
agency has been focused in        tion Officer. She later pro-        rections, specializing in pub-
                                                                                                        FEMalE EMPlOyEE StatS
community corrections. She        moted to Public Relations           lic and media relations since            as of March 7, 2008
moved through the probation       Officer in 1986, a position         1988. She is a member of the
and parole officer ranks and      which she held until she left       American Correctional Associ-     Females                 total #
in 1980 became the district       the agency in 1997 to become        ation where she has served on     Oklahoma
                                                                                                                                   1,860
supervisor in the Oklahoma        the Director of the Office of       numerous committees to in-        Department of
                                                                                                                                 (39.9%)
                                                                                                        Corrections
City area, a position she held    Communications for the Il-          clude the Board of Governors,
until 1992. At that time, she     linois Department of Correc-        Program Committee, Delegate       Upper Mgmt.                   31
moved into the Research and       tions. During her tenure in         Assembly, Public Informa-
Evaluation unit (a recurring      Illinois, Jackson served as the     tion Committee and Advisory       Wardens                        5
theme) and became involved        Administrator of the Office of      Board member of the Sheriff’s
with validating a new risk/       Communications for the Il-          and Peace Officers Association.
                                                                                                        Educators                     38
needs assessment for Proba-       linois Department of Public         She is also a member of the
tion and Parole.     She then     Aid and later as the Deputy         National Association of Blacks
                                                                                                        Chief Dental Officer           1
served as the coordinator for     Chief of Communications             in Criminal Justice and the
a criminal justice reform proj-   for the Illinois Department of      Oklahoma Correctional As-
ect and worked closely with       Children and Family Services.       sociation. Jackson is a founder   Medical Doctors                3
legislators   associated   with   Jackson returned to the Okla-       and member of the Oklahoma
the 1997 omnibus crime bill,      homa Department of Correc-          Association of Black Journal-     Psychologists                 13
most of which was later re-       tions, as the Executive Com-        ists. Jackson is a contributing
pealed. Sharon has been in-       munications      Administrator      writer for two publications en-   Pychological
                                                                                                        Clinician                      9
volved with the development       in 2005. Her responsibilities       titled “Media Relations” and
and statewide implementa-         include the supervision of the      “Diversity” produced by the       Correctional
                                                                                                                                     393
tion of Oklahoma’s Com-           agency’s public information,        American Correctional Asso-       Officers
munity Sentencing Act since       communications and public           ciation.
                                                                                                        Probation & Parole
its statutory authorization in    education efforts.                   Jackson is married with three                                 159
                                                                                                        Officers
1997. She currently serves as      Prior to corrections, Jack-        children.
the Deputy Director of Com-       son was a television reporter,
munity Sentencing and Of-
fender Information Services.
                                  producer and talk show host
                                  for KOCO-TV in Oklahoma
                                                                           TAKE
                                                                                       OUR
  Sharon summarizes her ca-       City. She has also worked in
                                                                                  daughters
                                                                                     and sons
reer in corrections with a quo-   radio, as a talk show host and
tation from Katharine Gra-        in print as the Editor of Capital
ham, the late and long-time
publisher of The Washington
                                  City Courier, a regional publi-
                                  cation, in Springfield, Illinois.
                                                                                              TO WORK
Post, “To love what you do        Jackson has a bachelor’s degree
and feel that it matters, what    in Broadcasting from Central
could be more fun?”               State University (now Univer-
 Joyce Jackson began her sity of Central Oklahoma) in
career in the Oklahoma De-        Edmond, Oklahoma.                                            April 24, 2008
partment of Corrections in         She has been a consultant for

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     Chaplains, Part I
                                                                                    sett Corrections Center he is able
                                                                             car-
                                                                                    to work with programs such as the
                                                                            cer-
                                                                                    Children and Mothers Program
                                                                  ated      men
                                                                                    (CAMP)      and the Children of
                                                                  and women.

       S     tephen billingslea trans-                                              Promise Mentors of Hope. Some
                                                                According     to
             ferred to Mabel Bassett                                                of his other responsibilities include
                                              Chaplain Billingslea this was an
      Correctional Center in March of                                               scheduling and coordinating the
                                              opportunity to serve the “forgot-
      2007 from Northeast Oklahoma                                                  volunteer/religious services and
                                              ten community.”
      Correctional Center.                                                          religious programs, and various
                                               It is Chaplain Billingslea’s opin-   events such as Kairos, Angel Tree
       Chaplain    Billingslea   received
                                              ion that many offenders have dif-     and other special events, continue
      his Undergraduate Degree from
                                              ficulty adjusting to prison life,     to connect the offenders to the
      Bishop College in Dallas, Texas
                                              while others are riddled with guilt   community and their children.
      where he served as the Student
                                              and disappointment of a life gone
      Government President and also                                                  As Chaplain of Mabel Bassett
                                              in unforeseen directions. Some
      received his Masters of Divinity                                              Correctional Center, Chaplain
                                              offenders remain in denial, reject-
      from Virginia Union: Samuel De-                                               Billingslea has been committed
                                              ing all feeling of pain and sorrow
      Witt Proctor School of Theology,                                              to promoting change and solu-
                                              about their past behavior. Chap-
      in Richmond, Virginia, in 1994.                                               tions to the needs of incarcerated
                                              lain Billingslea feels that working
      He served as Pastor, Dean and                                                 women that will positively impact
                                              with the incarcerated is an op-
      Vice President of the Congress of
                                              portunity to provide the offend-
      Christian Education for the Mt.
                                              ers with a positive outlook on life
      Olive Baptist State Convention in
                                              and guide them toward a better
      Albuquerque, New Mexico, and
                                              future.
      recorded four albums as a drum-
                                               When asked why he was work-
      mer.
                                              ing with incarcerated women,
       As Chaplain Billingslea minis-
                                              Chaplain Billingslea stated that
       tered in his community and at
                                              this is an opportunity to further
       home, he began to realize that re-
                                              and initiate programs that pull
       ligious services were only one of
                                              families of incarcerated women
       the many services needed to fa-
                                              closer together and at Mabel Bas-
                                                                                             Stephen Billingslea
       cilitate and assist the needs of in-
26
them and their families.          received his BA in 1974 from       with a weak acid solution. He
 Chaplain Billingslea is pas-     Bethany Nazarene College,          is also a misplaced “Texan.”
sionate about the opportuni-      Teaching Certificate in 1981       His wife is from Texas. His
ties offered at Mabel Bassett     from St. Mary’s, Masters           children were born there.
Correctional Center; enjoys       of Divinity from Southern          And, as you can guess, when
the opportunity to talk with      Nazarene University in 1988,       you ask him who he cheers
the offenders and the satisfac-   Safety   Certification    from     for during OU/Texas……
tion of knowing that he has       the University of Central          he    replies…….     “Hookem
been able to encourage them.      Oklahoma in 1995, and in           Horns!”


                                                                      T
                                  2005 he received his certificate          im Wilkins began his              Dr. Tim Wilkins
                                  in Field Traumatology from                career as Chaplain II           Faith and Character
                                                                                                            Community Program
                                  FEMA.                              with the Oklahoma Depart-                  Coordinator
                                   Prior to working for the          ment of Corrections at Okla-      hours per day.
                                  Department of Corrections,         homa State Reformatory in          The Chaplain’s knowledge,
                                  Adams served 16 years as a         Granite, Oklahoma on De-          skills, abilities, and education
                                  minister for the Church of         cember 27, 2004.                  give him the tools needed to
                                  the Nazarene, and ten years         At    the   time,    Chaplain    ensure success in this posi-
                                  as Athletic Director and           Wilkins began his employ-         tion. This success is evidenced
                                  Principal of private schools.      ment with OSR, the facility       by his recent promotion to
                                  He has spent the last ten years    had been without a Chaplain       “Faith-Based     Coordinator.”
                                  working as DOC Chaplain.           for quite some time. Conse-       Chaplain Wilkins’ promo-
         Larry Adams               When the Chaplain is not          quently, due to this vacancy      tion was effective December
                                  working, he enjoys cooking         and other security issues pres-   1, 2006.


 L    arry Adams was born
      in Stafford, Kansas in
1948. He has been married
                                  and even serves as the “chef ”
                                  for the DOC Chaplain’s
                                  Conference. He and his wife
                                                                     ent at OSR, religious pro-
                                                                     gramming for offenders was
                                                                     minimal. Chaplain Wilkins
                                                                                                        Prior to his employment
                                                                                                       with our agency, Mr. Wilkins
                                                                                                       served as an outpatient drug
to his wife, Kitty, for almost    also enjoy traveling and spend     immediately began network-        and alcohol counselor for
39 years, and as he says,         a month each year traveling        ing with volunteers, staff and    “New Hope of Mangum.”
“We really are Doc Adams          to various destinations. In        other resources to increase       He also served as a correc-
and Miss Kitty.” They have        2007 they climbed to the           chapel programming and re-        tional case manager and
two children: Jon, who lives      top of St. Peter’s Basilica in     ligious/worship      opportuni-   substance abuse counselor at
in Liberty, Missouri, and         Rome, walked on the streets        ties for offenders of all faith   Bridgeway Treatment Center
Dee Anna, who resides in          of Pompeii, and flew over          groups recognized by the De-      in Ponca City, OK from Feb-
Oklahoma City. Chaplain           Greenland.                         partment of Corrections. In a     ruary 2002 to February 2004.
Adams has a reputation at          Some little known facts           matter of months the “chapel      Chaplain Wilkins has over 20
LARC for being a walking,         about Chaplain Adams are:          calendar” went from being         years experience/service in the
human dictionary.      If you     has a 26-14 record as a Junior     rather sparse to very full. The   ministry, ranging from pasto-
ever have a question that you     High Football Coach, and           Chapel program now serves         ral ministry to adjunct profes-
just can’t find the answer to,    he previously worked as a          approximately 20 different        sorships in Bible Colleges. In
try giving Chaplain Adams a       “STRIPPER”       at    Western     faith groups throughout the       addition to the pastoral minis-
call. Chances are he’ll have an   Electric, where he removed         week with programming and         try, Wilkins has been involved
answer for you. The Chaplain      paint from old pay phones          religious services offered 12     in community political and
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Chamber of Commerce orga-         instruction and faith-based       As An Eagle” which was the         Before he even started re-
nizations in the various com-     programs that would not only      first program of its kind and     modeling, Chaplain Roskam
munities in which he worked       meet the offender’s spiritual     is still in use today.            was told many horror sto-
as pastor. Wilkins is currently   needs, but would also help         One of the concerns the          ries of how the building was
serving as “part-time” min-       find a solution to their crimi-   chaplain had when arriving at     haunted and numerous un-
ister of Channing Unitarian       nal behavior problems.            William S. Key Correctional       explained happenings, such
Universalist Church in Ed-         Chaplain Roskam came to          Center was the chapel loca-       as lights mysteriously coming
mond, Oklahoma.                   William S. Key Correctional       tion. It was in the basement      on by themselves, visions of
 Chaplain Wilkins has earned      Center from the Oklahoma          of a housing unit where the       human beings that appeared
a Doctor of Ministry degree       State Reformatory in Granite,     steam pipes rattled and men,      to be like ghosts, and even
from Lake Charles Bible Col-      OK. He spent his first two        while being baptized, had to      a telephone ringing where
lege and Seminary, a Master of    years at OSR as a volunteer       stoop to keep from hitting        phone service did not exist.
Divinity degree from South-       chaplain and joined the De-       their heads on the pipes and      To all those things Chaplain
ern Methodist University, and     partment of Corrections in        low ceiling Chaplain Roskam       Roskam said, “We will cast
graduated Magna Cum Laude         1989 as a full-time chaplain.     saw that there was simply         out Casper and put the Holy
from Southwestern Christian       That time spent at OSR pro-       not enough room to build          Ghost in.” And so they have.
University with a Bachelor        vided a wealth of experience      the dream the warden and he       The spirit of renewal is evi-
of Science degree in Biblical     for him. He was not only the      had discussed. So, without        dent with the chapel averag-
Studies.                          chaplain, but also the volun-     state money, he collaborated      ing over 300 baptisms a year.

 Tim is married to Vickie         teer coordinator for over 300     with the facility maintenance      As part of his dream Chap-
Wilkins, a correctional officer   volunteers inside the prison      department, offenders with        lain Roskam has developed
at OSR and has three chil-        and several hundred volun-        skills in construction, volun-    several multi-cultural events
dren, Tabitha, age 21, Samu-      teers and work supervisors for    teers, offender family mem-       each year. “If a man could
el, age 19, Jessica, age 22 and   seven Community Work Cen-         bers, former offenders on the     know where he has come
one son-in-law, Lee, age 26.      ters under the jurisdiction of    outside, volunteer builders of    from then he can evalu-
                                  OSR.    During this time, he      the Southern Baptist Conven-      ate where he is heading” is a

 r     on roskam arrived
       July 1, 2001, at Wil-
liam S. Key Correctional
                                  brought to the Department
                                  of Corrections a cognitive yet
                                                                    tion, merchants, and industri-
                                                                    al companies to remodel a va-
                                                                                                      concept Chaplain Roskam
                                                                                                      believes. He has led several
                                  faith-based family life educa-    cant building once occupied       multi-cultural events to in-
Center with a vision of hope
                                  tional program called “As Free    by Western State Psychiatric      clude the African-American
for the broken lives of of-
                                                                    Hospital. This building was       (Black History Month activi-
fenders and staff with the de-
                                                                    built in 1925 to treat severely   ties and Juneteenth), the His-
sire to see them restored with
                                                                    mentally ill patients and was     panic (Cinco De Mayo and
God, society and their fami-
                                                                    closed down in 1960. Chap-        the Mexican Independence
lies. With the promise from
                                                                    lain Roskam looked at that        Day), the Native American
Warden Randy Parker, “If
                                                                    broken building as a spacious     Indian (Celebration of New
you dream it, I will help you
                                                                    place of worship and educa-       Beginnings – Spring Celebra-
build it,” Chaplain Roskam
                                                                    tion and went to work on          tion), the Irish (St. Patrick’s
immediately went to work to
                                                                    his vision. That building was     Day Celebration), and many
bring structure to the chapel
                                                                    made a reality by becoming a      others.
program. His vision involved
                                                                    beautiful chapel called “The       Chaplain Roskam’s accom-
balancing the Religious Wor-
                                          Ron Roskam                WSKCC Worship Center.”            plishments are not that he
ship Services with religious
28
was awarded the Humanitar-          sentence. Chaplain Roskam         Western State Hospital in Ft.     religious Services
ian Award from the Depart-          does countless hours of per-      Supply. He left the depart-
ment of Corrections, Chap-          sonal counseling and is a spir-   ment in 1982 to do private        Faith has been an important
lain of the Year Award from         itual leader of offenders and     consulting work with the AS-      part of Corrections since
the Southern Baptist General        staff. He has preached funer-     SIST Group and Leadership         the very first prisons were
Convention of Oklahoma,             als and performed weddings        Business Systems.      During     established in this country.
Employee of the Year Award          for staff and offenders many      this time he was also the Di-     The    Oklahoma        Depart-
from WSKCC, and the Sec-            times over. He is a team play-    rector of the Booker T. Wash-     ment of Corrections does
ond Mile Award given by             er, a morale booster, a helper,   ington Community Center           not endorse one religious
Quality Oklahoma Team Day           and a friend in a time of need.   in Enid, OK.                      belief over another nor does
in the State Capitol Building.      Chaplain Roskam is an inspi-       He again joined the depart-      it endorse religion over non-
When asked what is his great-       ration and a blessing to the      ment as an Intern with pro-       religion. Today the types of
est accomplishment, Chap-           Department of Corrections         bation and parole. In 1993        services religious volunteers
lain Roskam says, “When of-         and William S. Key Correc-        he was hired as the Chaplain      provide are so diverse that
fenders leave WSKCC and be-         tional Center.                    at JHCC. While at JHCC            we try to use some consis-
come leaders in their church,                                         he strengthened the existing      tent definitions to describe
home, and community, I                                                volunteer program and de-         their activities.
know I have accomplished                                              veloped the “Heart to Heart”
a small part of the Mission                                           program for the offenders         These services provide im-
of the Chapel – To Improve                                            and their wives. This 9-week      portant opportunities for
the Spiritual Quality of Life                                         program focused on commu-         the inmate:
In The People We Serve In                                             nication, parenting, fidelity,
Order to Create Positive Be-                                          alcohol and drugs, career, and    •	The	 opportunity	 to	 exer-
havioral Change For a Safer                                           empowerment of the female.          cise their right to religious
Oklahoma.” He goes on to                                              Scotty became the first Chap-       freedom
say, “When I run into former                                          lain at BJCC in June 1996.        •	The	 opportunity	 to	 refo-
offenders in Wal-Mart and                                             He has strengthened and             cus their life through a re-
they introduce me to their                    Darryl Scott            formalized the sixty-seven          newed spiritual emphasis.
family, that was broken up                                            member volunteer program.           This can provide a founda-


                                     D
but now is back together, and               arryl Scott, or “Scot-    He has implemented PREP             tion of valuable and beliefs
the family thanks me for the                ty” or “Chap,” as he      for the trainees and was the        that lead to a changed life.
influence I had on him, that        is known to his co-workers        first Life Without a Crutch       •	At	 the	 Community	 Cor-
makes me know what we are           at BJCC, has been the Chap-       instructor. He has published        rection level, offenders are
doing is working.” Restoring        lain since its inception in       devotional articles in the lo-      brought to local churches
lives and restoring families is     1995. He has been employed        cal newspaper. He routinely         or religious groups for ser-
not just a slogan at WSKCC          with the department for 15        provides devotional services        vices. This provides them
it’s a reality.                     years. He began as an Em-         to area churches and assisted       an opportunity to become
 The chapel gives out over          ployment Case Manager at          living centers and is a mem-        integrated back into the
16,000 greeting cards a year        Enid Community Treatment          ber of the Alva Ministerial         community through these
to help offenders keep their        Center. He was active in the      Alliance. He believes it is im-     fair-groups       which   also
family      relationships   alive   P.R.I.D.E. Contract Program       portant to develop leadership       provide important support
while serving their prison          and the A.I.D.D. Program at       within the various religious        and accountability.

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Chaplains, Part I
groups, as there is always        Christ’s Church in Enid. He       Correctional Center in 1997.      diverse groups together mak-
somebody seeking religious        also plans to travel, practice    What led Chaplain Grant to        ing it workable for all, and
guidance when he is unable        better health habits, write,      his career choice is probably     thereby receiving a Humani-
to be at the facility. Of the     and publish as well.              the most interesting and bi-      tarian of the Year award. At
population at BJCC, he states                                       zarre story ever heard. He was    JHCC, Chaplain Grant was
more than half are involved in                                      mistakenly arrested on a fed-     responsible for coordinating
some type of religious activ-                                       eral fugitive from justice war-   and restoring order to the vol-
ity. Their favorite is “CON-                                        rant and spent 24 hours in the    unteer program. He received
SUMED!”                                                             old Oklahoma County jail.         the Volunteer Program of the
 “Scotty” has been married to                                       Authorities finally straight-     Year award in 2000.
Gaverne for 31 years. They                                          ened out what turned out to        His job is a non-denomi-
                                            Ron Grant               be a case of stolen identity.
have seven children, three                                                                            national post, requiring as


                                   r
who still live at home in Enid.          on Grant was born          He experienced first-hand the     much from him in the way
The oldest is active on the              and raised in west Tex-    dehumanization process that       of counseling as it does in
Enid High School track team,      as; moved to Oklahoma City        occurs behind bars. That ex-      preaching. He supervises all
the younger twins are in el-      and graduated at Putnam City      perience gave him insight into    religious activities for offend-
ementary school and enjoy         High School.      He worked       how offenders feel when the       ers, making sure each is af-
piano and, according to their     mostly construction type jobs     cell door closes behind them.     forded freedom in the way he
father, are ”budding artists.”    and drove a truck in the oil-      A social worker at the time,     chooses. As long as it is a rea-
Three of their adult children     field for a while, later becom-   he began making visits to the     sonable request and does not
are pursuing degrees in me-       ing part owner of an oilfield     Oklahoma County jail and          compromise security, then he
chanical engineering, child       trucking company; and then        some of the DOC facilities,       will work with them any way
& family services, and physi-     returned to construction and      while obtaining the educa-        he can. On Sunday nights,
cal therapy at various colleges   cabinet making until fate (or     tional requirements to work       the offenders are in charge
and technical schools in the      divine intervention?) brought     as a prison chaplain. He is an    of their own worship service.
United States. Their oldest       him to DOC.            Chaplain   ordained minister with Inter-     The rest of the time, outside
daughter is married and lives     Grant has been married to         national Pentecostal Holiness     groups book time and provide
in Oregon. Gaverne has been       Vicky for 36 years. They have     Church. Although he has a         services. Another part of his
a teacher at Wilson Head          two daughters: Natasha, 35;       Doctor of Ministry in Pasto-      job involves being the “bearer
Start in Enid since 1993.         and Melissa, 34. He also has      ral Care and Counseling, be-      of bad news.” He is the one
“Scotty” commutes back and        two granddaughters: Adrian-       ing the down-to-earth person      to tell offenders when mem-
forth from Alva to Enid on        na, 7; and Isabella, 6. In his    that he is, does not expect to    bers of their family are ill or
the weekends. His hobbies         spare time, he enjoys spending    be called Dr. Grant. In fact,     have died. This is the worst
include studying people, read-    time with his wife and family,    you would probably be “chas-      part of his job. He recalled
ing non-fiction, and being a      Curio & Relic guns, reading,      tised” for it.                    one three-day period when he
“visiting preacher.” When he      and working in the yard and        When first beginning at          delivered 13 death notifica-
retires he plans to continue      around the house.                 WSKCC, the various reli-          tions. In the case of inform-
doing evangelistic work and        Ron Grant began his career       gious programs were in a          ing an offender of a death of a
developing a greater outreach     with the Department of Cor-       constant turmoil. Chaplain        loved one, he tries his best to
program for his home church,      rections at the William S. Key    Grant was able to bring the       give some comfort.

30
 Chaplain Grant is treasured      vides spiritual counseling for       ate person, a motivator, and       until death.” Chaplain Grant
by staff was well as offenders.   any staff desiring such servic-      has initiated offenders to learn   challenges you to question
He has counseled staff regard-    es. Often times his assistance       how to work together within        how to make effective deci-
ing family illnesses and deaths   is of a confidential nature and      their own religious affiliations   sion if you were going home
(also, eulogizing at staff fu-    is provided away from the fa-        and respect others in their re-
                                                                                                          tomorrow. “What have you
nerals and their family mem-      cility.                              ligious beliefs.” Cosar advises
                                                                                                          learned or gained from your
bers), and provided marriage       Long time Chapel clerk, of-         that Chaplain Grant helped
                                                                                                          incarceration to help you stay
counseling, both pre-marriage     fender Aaron Cosar, describes        him cope through three pa-
                                                                       role denials, his wedding, and     out of prison?” To Chaplain
and marital problems. He has      his boss as being fair and
officiated at staff weddings as   equal with all offenders when        the death of his mother. “As a     Grant, offender Cosar says,
well as their family member’s     it comes to their religious          lifer, this means a lot because    “Thank you for choosing to be
weddings. Of course, he pro-      needs. “He is a compassion-          in some cases this is our life     a Chaplain in my lifetime.”




  Staff from Joseph Harp
  Correctional Center to
      Participate in the
  7 Annual Polar Plunge
   th




JHCC staff will once again be
participating in the 7th Annual Polar
Plunge on Saturday, March 8. The
plunge will take place at Bass Pro in
Oklahoma City and the plunging will
begin at 11:00 a.m. The Correctional
Emergency Response Team (CERT)
bus will be parked at the store for the
public to take a look at. JHCC staff
will also be participating in the Guns
and Hoses Fire Truck Pull.
                                            Picture from 2007 of JHCC officers: Lt. Damon Wilbur (Elvis) and Lt. Cory Day (fire fighter)
What is a Polar Plunge?                     prior to the plunge.


A Polar Plunge is a fundraising challenge made to an individual or group challenging them to dive into a cold body of water in
order to raise money for Special Olympics. Each participant collects pledges from family, friends and businesses in the hopes
of raising lots of money for the local program. Then, on a select day, they “take the plunge” in the cold water to benefit Special
Olympics.

Prizes will be awarded for: top fundraiser, top fundraising group, best costume, oldest plunger, and youngest plunger.

In	2007,	Polar	Plunge	participants	raised	over	$34,000	for	Special	Olympics	–	Oklahoma!


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NOVEMBER ANNIVERSARIES
                    35 Years                                           22 Years                 Carl Brown                            DCCC     Leland Eitzen              OCI Mfg/JCCC
Leona Williams                           JEHCC     Mark Wattles                          JLCC                  17 Years                        David Curry                        JCCC
                                                   Susan Thune                         TCDCC    Ricky Whitten                            OSR   Mark Christian                    NOCC
                    34 Years                       Kim Hudson                       OCCC/RS     Sharon Warrior                        EWCC     Randall Burke                     NOCC
Roy Labor                          Sent Admin      Larry Houghton                       MCCC    Richard Solis                            OSR   Chad Brown                          OSP
                                                   Michael Govitz               Hobart CWC      James Skelton                        SEDCC
              33 Years                             Laura Custer            Information Tech     Jennifer Phillips           Internal Affairs                   12 Years
Ronald Lehrman         Education/OSR               Randell Coats                         OSR    Mark Myers                             JHCC    Sonia Winters                       JCCC
                                                   Melanie Carter                     NEDCC     Laura Monkres                          CDCC    Larry Vanschuyver                 KBCCC
                32 Years                           Doris Brooks                          OSR    Anthony Georgiades                     CDCC    Glen Stephens                       JDCC
Patricia Johnson                           JLCC                    21 Years                     Johnie Brown                 Ardmore CWC
Phil Gilstrap                            JEHCC                                                  Jimmy Brown                  OCI Mfg/JHCC      Jeff Scribner                       BJCC
                                                   Ronald West                 Facility Class                                                  William Ruhl                        BJCC
                                                   Alfanso Thornton                     JDCC    Arlene Branch                      NWDCC
                    30 Years                       Robert Ridgway            OCI Mfg/MACC       Donna Bowers                            JCCC   William Randall, IV                DCCC
Paul Preston, Jr.              Director’s Office   Thomas Phillips                      DCCC    Gary Anderson                          HCCC    Shirley Randall                    DCCC
                                                   Joe Owens                           WKCC                                                    Lynn Pierce                        MACC
                    29 Years                       Linden Nagel                          OSR                     16 Years                      Kimberley Owen           Internal Affairs
Jeanne Powell                             OSP      Chris Frech                       NWDCC      Williams White                         OSP     Kevin Newton                      WKCC
David Houck                               OSR      Linda Easley             Medical/Admin       Sharon Watson                          OSP     Jessee Lott, II            Agri-Services
Ramona Hollier        Priv Pris/Jls/Sfty Adm       Walter Dinwiddie                     DCCC    Johnny Turner                         JHCC     Justin Hysmith                     MBCC
Cindy Gill                 Treat/Rehab Svcs        Delores Cox            Information Tech      Kristin Tims                         UCCCC     William Haycox      Operational Services
Tommi Berg                 Treat/Rehab Svcs        Ricky Boyett                         DCCC    Gail Schoonover                       CDCC     Michael Elkins                     MACC
                                                                                                Debbie Owens                           OSP     Frank Dedmon                         OSP
               28 Years                                            20 Years                     Jeffrey McAbee                         OSP     Tracy Davis                        LARC
Phillip Smith                     JBCC             Brenda Yandell                    JEHCC      Michael Hancock                      OCCCC     Michael Cupp                      TCDCC
Larry Marshall Comm Sent/Off Info Svcs             Nellie Williams                  TCDCC       Judy Goddard                          JBCC     John Cartwright                    DCCC
Debra Malone             Facility Class            Barbara West                    SWDCC        Gerald Goddard                        JBCC     Angela Carroll                    SEDCC
Elizabeth Janway Mental Health/Admin               Perry Rawlins                     MACC       Edward Garvin                          OSP     Bryan Bell                      Training
Donna Boone Priv Pris/Jls/Sfty Admin               Harold Peck                        LARC      Bert Cooley, Jr.                       OSP     Renae Beeler                        BJCC
                                                   Anita Minyard             Facility Class     Janet Cave                            DCCC
              27 Years                             Teresa McCoin                    NEDCC       Tyce Barlow                            OSP
Lesia Miser              Facility Class            Jon Lemmond           Marshall Co. CWC       David Anderson                         OSP                     11 Years
Ramona Duncan       Div of Comm Corr               Ronald Jackson                 OCI Mfg                                                      John Williams                       BJCC
John Connell                     WKCC              Musibay Ipaye,                   KBCCC                       15 Years                       Dolores Whitfield                    OSP
Carmen Bell-Bowlin Procurement Unit                Danny Heathcock                      OSP     Kenneth Taylor                   DCCC          Allen White Transportation Unit - WKCC
                                                   Ronald Dewitt                     MACC       Samuel Spradling                EWCC           Eric Schultz Transportation Unit - JLCC
               26 Years                            Stephanie Coldiron                 CDCC      Catherine Scaling             NWDCC            Michael Roberts                     JCCC
Barbara Townsend      Class/Population             Gary Clepper                        JCCC     Etta Reid                Waurika CWC           Terry Powell                      HMCC
Barbara Stoker                   CDCC                                                           Ralph Luttrell                    OSP          Chad Morgan                          OSP
Cheryl Southard                 HMCC                               19 Years                     Randall Lopez                     OSP          Michael Minnick          Transportation
Angela Pigeon                   MCCC               Joyce Wisdom                        JDCC     Brenda Hummel                  HMCC            Unit - WKCC
Rita Cooksey          Treat/Rehab Svcs             Cindy Voss               OCI Mfg/MBCC        John Hart                       LARC           Valerie Menifee                   KBCCC
Donald Brown                     JBCC              Jimmy Shipley            Programs Unit       Stefan Brown                    MACC           Robert Martin                       BJCC
Deborah Boyer         Treat/Rehab Svcs             Vera Roberts                          OSP                    14 Years                       Lamen King                           OSP
                                                   Tina Petete                Facility Class    Marchaela Thomason                OSP          Venna Hamel                          OSP
               25 Years                            Willie Pardue          Operational Svcs      Tommy Morrison               Training          Elaine Grayson                       OSP
Emma Watts                      JBCC               Teddy Morphis                        JLCC    Earl Lawson                       OSP          Joseph Farrell                      JLCC
Michael Crabtree     Div of Comm Corr              Randal Meeks          Trans Unit - LARC      Leon Hawkins                 OCCC/RS           Michael Evans                     NEDCC
                                                   Patricia Martin                       OSR    Chad Gilley                       OSP          Larry Easley              Frederick CWC
Ronald Colliver                           DCCC     Doyle Hoose                         JDCC     Steven Ellis                     BJCC          Dianna Collins                     DCCC
Susan Collins                             HCCC     Willis Harris                       CDCC     Melody Bryant                     OSP
                                                   Donald Garner                      EWCC                                                     Stephen Chandler                  HMCC
               24 Years                            Melvin Gaines                       CDCC                    13 Years                        Heather Carlson                   TCDCC
Larry Woodworth                TCDCC               Donald Frech                         JCCC    Robert Womack                     JBCC         Leo Brown, Jr.    Treatment/Rehab Svcs
Ervin Johnson                   JEHCC              Steven Feehan                      MBCC      Eddie Williams                   OCCCC
Sharon Clement                  HMCC               Amy Elliott              Personnel Unit      Louis Vieux                        OSP                        10 Years
Dale Cantrell                     OSP              Michael Dunlap                      JHCC     Anthony Rowell                   SEDCC         Timothy Richardson, Jr.            JHCC
Debra Bonenfant         Personnel Unit             Richard Donley                       JCCC    Leda Reese                         OSR         Tamera Jennings                   SEDCC
                                                   Gary Cowan Transportation Unit - JBCC        Larry Long                         OSP         Linda Hubbell                       JCCC
                23 Years                           George Courson                      BJCC     Lesley Hunt        Operational Services        Jason Barnard                      JDCC
Bobby Tharpe                               OSP                                                  Greta Hawthorne                  TCDCC         William Anderson                   JDCC
Karen Standifird                          JLCC                         18 Years                 Kameron Harvanek                  DCCC         Sheila Alford                    SWDCC
Stephen Kiss                             UCCCC     Henry Ellick, Jr.                   NOCC     Winfred Fulbright                 JDCC         Timonthy Adams                     NOCC



                           mArCH is
                    WOmEN’S HISTOrY mONTH
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DECEMBER ANNIVERSARIES
             41 Years                                           23 Years                    Janet Bolton                       MBCC     David Ashpaugh                        LARC
Peggy Kloehn Comm Sent/Off Info Syst          Cheryl Sexton                       JBCC      Frank Bert                           IT
                                              Peggy Roe                         NEOCC                      16 Years                                      12 Years
                  35 Years                    Wilbur Irving                         IT      Priscilla Toyer     Div. of Comm. Corr.     Johnny Woody         Facility Classification
Sonya Hall                   Medical/JEHCC    Paul Daughtery        Mental Health?JHCC      Verle Stewart                    WSKCC      Ronald Wiser              Finance & Acctg.
                                                                                            Leedean Smith             Medical/DCCC      Sheryn Warnken          Education/WSKCC
               33 Years                                         22 Years                    Sherri Rivas                     SWCCC      Robin Thomas                 Medical/JHCC
Sidney Young                  JBCC            James Hardy                            DCCC   Tim Peters                    Personnel     Hazel Shaver                  OCI Mfg/OSR
William McCollum Treatment & Rehab            Leatha Brannon               Education/JBCC   Joyce Perry             Director’s Office   Collin Nelson                         MACC
Regina Bowser               WSKCC                                                           Francis McCoy                  Ed/JHCC      Jules Myers                            LARC
               31 Years                                         21 Years                    Alden Jones                       NEOCC     Arvin McGowin                          JDCC
Kenneth Barton               MACC             Cathy Sasnett                        EWCC     Joyce Jackson         Communications        Jerry Leighton                         JBCC
                                                                                                           15 Years                     Karylen Hickerson                      CDCC
                  30 Years                                      20 Years                    Norma Tilley                        DCCC    Joe Hankins                           SEDCC
Stephen Frazier                          IT   John Slater             Education/OSR         Beatrice Sands                   SWDCC      James Gibson                          HMCC
Bobby Boone                    Institutions   Suzie Salinas                      JCCC       Dewey Holdeman                   WSKCC      Mary Cristelli                      NWDCC
             29 Years                         Toi Clymer                       NEDCC                                                    Derek Cave                            HMCC
Peggy McConathy                     SEDCC     Charles Berreth       Finance & Acctg.                       14 Years                     Barry Cauthron                         DCCC
                                              Cleta Anderson                   HMCC         Anna Waggoner                     WSKCC     George Carothers                    NWDCC
                  28 Years                                   19 Years                       Robin Steelman                     JEHCC    Vickie Caesar                         HMCC
Angela Earls                          OSR     Gary Williams                      JBCC       Dewayne Lewis                      JEHCC    Leslie Bradfield                      MBCC
                                              Gladys Welch                       JDCC       John Latimer                       HMCC     Karen Bowling                          ECCC
               27 Years                       Terry Fry           Agri-Services/JDCC        Harley Johnson                     JEHCC
Gregory Province                     MACC     Mikolyn Franks                    LARC        Larry Donathan                     JEHCC                   11 Years
Jerry Jones                          DCCC     Patricia Foreman               Training       Jenny Dillon Priv Pris/Jails/Sfty Admin.    Dale Weaver                      JHCC
                                              Velma Adams              Medical/JBCC                                                     Hubert G. Motte       Information Tech
               26 Years                                                                                    13 Years                     Laura Gorman                    NEDCC
Patricia Loyd           Medical/Admin                         18 Years                      Eddie Webb                     NEOCC        Jesse Bartlebaugh                CDCC
Karen Lindsey                     JBCC        Chiquita Overstreet               JHCC        John Short            Education/MBCC
Shirlee Deaton                   MACC         Joe McDonald             Medical/Admin        Dennis Seevers                   BJCC                        10 Years
Marilyn Byington                 MACC         Dewayne Jones                     DCCC        Mary Rolison       Mental Health/JHCC       Robert Wilkerson                Fin & Acctg
                                              Timothy Dunn                       JLCC       Paula Potts                      DCCC       Allen Roberts          Div. of Comm. Corr.
                  25 Years                    Carolyn Cheek                     LARC        Joseph McDougal                NEOCC        Cathy Riley                   Walters CWC
Rick Ratliff                  Medical/JHCC                                                  Louis Harrison                 NEOCC        Paul Newport                            JLCC
                                                             17 Years                       David Fields                      OSP       Nute Neasbitt                          LARC
                  24 Years                    Larry Sunderland             WSKCC            Russell Eulitt                 NEOCC        Roy Moore                               JLCC
Timothy Posvic                     LARC       Steven Schrock                 BJCC           Rebecca Densmore      Finance & Acctg.      Terrie Gary                            JHCC
Linda Pendleton                    CDCC       Arnold Nelson                  CDCC           Brian Davis                      LARC       Patricia Curtiss     Facility Classification
Cynthia Durfey           Sentence Admin       Jane Ensley                    LCCC           Kevin Burch                       OSP       Gail Caywood                          SEDCC
                                              Karen Crampton                 JHCC           Kimberly Bruce                  EWCC        Sami Boyett                            DCCC
                                              Karen Brooks            Medical/OSR           Melanie Brenton                NEOCC        Anna Ashley                             JLCC




                                           mArCH IS
                              COLOrECTAL CANCEr AWArENESS mONTH

               Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. If everyone aged 50 years or older were screened
               regularly, up to 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.

               Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer – cancer of the
               colon or rectum – is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United
               States. Colorectal cancer also is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the
               United States.



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       retirements                                         Calendar
                        APrIL
      Mark Aldridge, Oklahoma State Penitentiary
       Jim Cearley, Oklahoma State Penitentiary                       April
        Stephanie Coldiron, Central District CC
          Richard Johnston, Jr., John Lilley CC      19     Board of Corrections Meeting
               Rosemary Lynch, Programs                     Oklahoma State Capitol
               Carolyn Nelson, Education             22-25 Pardon & Parole Board Mtg.
           Daniel Orr, Southeast District CC               Hillside CCC
      Wyatt Phillips, Oklahoma State Penitentiary    23     Administrative Professionals
             Kathryn Schoenecke, Personnel                  Day
            Barbara Tittle, Muskogee CCC


                         mAY
             Jerry Seely, James Crabtree CC
                                                                      May
                         JUNE
     Gaetano Franzese, Oklahoma State Penitentiary    2     DOC Health Fair

                                                     16     Board of Corrections Meeting
                         JULY                               DOC Administration Bldg.
             Bobby Cooper, John Lilley CC
                                                     20-23 Pardon & Parole Board Mtg.
      Thomas Butler, Oklahoma State Penitentiary           Hillside CCC

                                                     26     Memorial Day




                                                                      June
       NExT ISSUE
                                                     13    Board of Corrections Meeting
                                                           Eddie Warrior CC

         Family Connections                          14    Flag Day

                                                     15    Father’s Day
           Quality Assurance                         21    Summer Begins

           Chaplains - Part II                       24-27 Pardon & Parole Board Mtg.
                                                           Hillside CCC




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