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8:59 am
Sun August 25, 2013

Juvenile Female Offenders To Get Own Facility

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Female juvenile offenders who are now housed at a mixed-gender medium-security facility will soon be transferred to a privately run facility that is just for girls.

Paula Christiansen, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, says the agency plans to begin processing the female offenders Monday and hopes to have the transfers complete by the end of September.

The Oklahoman reports that the privately run Southern Plains Treatment Services will operate the facility in Norman under a contract signed in July. An existing facility is being modified to handle juvenile offenders.

The contract requires Southern Plains Treatment Services to have 22 beds reserved for girls, the same number of beds currently reserved for girls at the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Tecumseh.