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