Avalon Given List of Changes Before Inmates Return to Tulsa Facility

Officials with Avalon Correctional Services received a letter from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections outlining specific changes that needed to be made in Tulsa before inmates could return.

A letter dated Jan. 31 was delivered to Avalon President Brian Costello in Oklahoma City. It described and detailed what the company needed to do before the DOC would renew a contract and be able to "repopulate the Tulsa facility."

"The above mentioned items are not all inclusive and additional items may be added as a result of ongoing agency investigations," the letter described. "No additional cost will be incurred by the DOC in consideration of these issues."

Those changes are outlined in seven points, according to the letter obtained by KTUL. Among them are an onsite DOC monitor and replacing administrative personnel in Tulsa.

- Submitted structured lesson plans

- One case manager per 65 offenders

- Submit a corrective plan of action to maintain with DOC policy

- New security updates at the Tulsa facility

- Separating DOC offenders from private pay offenders

Avalon's issues with the DOC began back in January when a letter was delivered informing them that all residents need be removed by Jan. 24. It stated at the time there were three active investigations into the center's "serious infractions" ranging from possession of contraband to offender security.

"The violations are so serious that the Department will begin depopulating Avalon Tulsa immediately," the letter went on to state.