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The Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority News and Press Releases


11/14/2022 - Detainee Caught Smuggling Contraband

Detainee Caught Smuggling Contraband

During the booking process, the body scanner the jail installed in [Month] indicated a small round spot near Hernandez' mid-section.


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10/18/2022 - New Chief of Investigations

Paul Timmons Becomes New Chief of Investigations

The Oklahoma County Detention Center has hired Paul Timmons as Chief of Investigations.


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10/13/2022 - Calm Waters Grief Support

Calm Waters to Provide Grief Support Groups for Incarcerated Oklahomans at OK County Jail

Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, the only grief center in Oklahoma City offering free grief support services to the entire family, is launching a new program in partnership with the Oklahoma County Detention Center


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09/11/2022 - Detainee Death

John Basco (DOB 01/29/1974)

At approximately 3:52 Sunday morning, a detention officer performing site checks discovered detainee John Basco unresponsive in his cell.


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Sydaptic Control System Upgrade Enhances Security

Camera System Upgrade

An upgrade of the security and control system at the Oklahoma County Detention Center is providing enhanced safety for detainees and staff.


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OCCJA Upgrades Video/Audio Surveillance System

Camera System Upgrade

The Oklahoma County Detention Center recently completed the Avigilon Security Camera upgrade throughout the entire facility.


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08/19/2022 - Detainee Death

Danny Paulin (DOB 07/17/1970)

At approximately 1:51 Friday afternoon, a detention officer performing site checks discovered detainee Danny Paulin attempting suicide in his cell.


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07/31/2022 - Detainee Death

Richards Robert (DOB 01/19/1972)

At approximately 10:02 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2022, while distributing medicine, Oklahoma County Detention Center staff discovered a detainee named Robert Dale Richards nonresponsive in his cell.


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County Jail Cadet Prevents Suicide Attempt

Cadet Saves Suicidal Detainee

On Monday, July 25, 2022, an alert Oklahoma County Jail cadet, who was working their first shift as an employee, helped save a detainee's life.


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OCDC Promotions

OCDC Promotes 10 Employees

On July 18, 2022, The Oklahoma County Detention Center recently promoted 10 outstanding employees.


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07/11/2022 - Detainee Death

Shawn Slavens (DOB 07/26/1925)

On June 25, 2022 approximately 03:10 a.m., OCDC Staff responding to an inmate-on-inmate altercation in a cell discovered Shawn Slavens unconscious but breathing, and began to render medical aid. Slavens was transported to the hospital. At 6:21 a.m. on July 11, 2022, he passed away at the hospital due to his injuries.


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OCDC Promotions

OCDC Promotes 11 Employees

On June 15, 2022, The Oklahoma County Detention Center recently promoted 11 outstanding employees.


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Detainee Death - 07/02/2022

Corey McMichael (DOB 05/11/1975)

Detainee Corey McMichael passed away at the hospital on Saturday, July 2, 2022. McMichael's was being housed on the medical floor of the detention center. He was taken to the medical clinic on Monday, June 27


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Detainee Death - 06/22/2022

Melvin Loveless(DOB 04/09/1978)

At approximately 7:16 p.m. on June 22, a detention officer performing site checks discovered Melvin Loveless attempting suicide in his cell. The detention officer called for medical and other officers who immediately began life saving efforts. Oklahoma City Fire Department and EMSA personnel arrived and continued resuscitation efforts. Loveless was taken to the hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 8:12 p.m.


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06/09/2022 - Detainee Death

Name Withheld Per Family Request

At approximately 5:50AM on Thursday June 9th, a detention officer discovered a detainee unresponsive in his cell. The detention officer called for other staff and medical to respond. Medical arrived at 5:53AM and began assessing the detainee. Oklahoma City Fire and EMSA arrived and pronounced the detainee deceased at approximately 6:06AM.


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05/18/2022 - CLEET Officer Graduates

Chelsie Anderson has graduated from CLEET

The Oklahoma County Detention Center (OCDC) is proud to announce Officer Chelsie Anderson has graduated from the Council on Law Enforcement and Education Training (CLEET).


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05/17/2022 - DO Charged in Detainee Death

DO Charged in Detainee Death

A former Oklahoma County Detention Officer was charged Tuesday following the investigation of a detainee death. Jesse Paul Kight faces charges of destruction or falsification of records and willful neglect of duty stemming from the suicide death of a Gabriel Yalartai on Dec. 26, 2021.


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05/13/2022 - Detainee Death

Eddie Garcia (DOB 11/26/1996)

At 2 a.m. Friday, May 13, 2022, Oklahoma County Detention Center employees discovered a detainee named Eddie Garcia nonresponsive in his cell.


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05/10/2022 - OCDC Signs Contract With Lexipol

New Policy Contract

Recently, the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority contracted to develop a new policy manual with the assistance of Lexipol, the nation's leading content, policy, and training platform for corrections agencies. The new policies will help OCDC staff enhance response to challenging situations, operating in accordance with federal and state laws and best practices.


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05/05/2022 - Detention Officer Arrested for Contraband

China Tucker arrested for Contraband

On May 5, 2022, Detention Officer China Tucker was booked into the jail on charges of aggravated trafficking of illegal drugs, acquiring proceeds from drug activity, distribution of controlled substance, and conspiracy to commit a felony. She was also terminated from her position.


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03/29/2022 - Citizen Advisory Board

Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority appoints citizen advisory board members

The Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority has named nine members to its Citizen Advisory Board. These individuals will act in an advisory role to assist the members of the OCCJA.


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03/28/2022 - Detainee Death

Revas Dustin (DOB 11/19/1995)

At approximately 2 a.m. on Monday, March 28, a detention officer performing site checks discovered an unresponsive detainee in a cell at the Oklahoma County Detention Center.


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03/22/2022 - Green Tag Fire System

Ronnie Aldrige Points To Green Tag On Fire Control System

Oklahoma County Detention Center now has a green tag fire system.


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03/16/2022 - Fast Track Booking

Fast Track Booking

Fast Track booking is a new time saving program for those who have a warrant and have secured a bond—This program aims to trim wait times down by several hours.


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03/11/2022 - Detainee Death

Charles Moore (DOB 11/31/1973)

At approximately 7:50 p.m. on Friday, March 11, detention staff opened one of the cells, and one of the two detainees inside was laying on a bunk and would not respond to the officer.


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03/11/2022 - Press Release Update

New Press Release Procedure

Starting March 14, 2022, all press releases from the Oklahoma County Detention Center Communications Department will now be posted to our website instead of mass emailing.


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02/26/2022 - Detainee Death

Andrew Avelar (DOB 11/17/1994)

At approximately 3:49 Saturday morning, a detention officer conducting routine site checks and pulling detainees to be released, discovered detainee Andrew Avelar unresponsive in his cell.


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02/15/2022 - Triple Cells

Triple Cells

The jail has 120 cells that meet state jail standards to hold three detainees. However, currently the jail is not housing more than two detainees per cell. This achievement impacts the overall safety and security of all detainees and staff.


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