DOC Cancels Halfway House Contract

Dec 5, 2017

 

Joe Allbaugh
Credit FEMA

The head of Oklahoma's prison system says his decision to end a contract with a halfway house after lax oversight led to an inmate's death should serve as a warning to other state contractors who house offenders.

Department of Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh said Monday the agency has struggled for years ensuring proper oversight at some of the halfway house facilities that house about 1,250 male and female offenders.

Allbaugh said the agency canceled its contract with Catalyst Behavioral Services in part because inmates were allowed to come and go without accountability.

The state pays Catalyst $32.50 per day for each of the 106 inmates housed at its Oklahoma City halfway house.