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Joseph Harp Correctional Center


Warden:  James Cotton, Acting

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 548,  Lexington, OK 73051-0548

Physical Address: 16161 Moffat Rd., Lexington, OK 73051-0548

Phone:  405-527-5593

Fax:  4050-527-4841

Male Medium Security - Opened 1978

Joseph Harp Correctional Center (JHCC), a medium-security prison for men, opened in 1978 on the site of a World War II-era U.S. Navy firing range in Lexington. The prison’s namesake, Joseph Harp, was an Oklahoma State Reformatory warden from 1949 to 1969, where he started the nation's first fully accredited high school education program in a prison.

JHCC is home to ODOC’s male Mental Health Unit, as well as its Youthful Offender Program. The facility has a capacity of more than 1,300 inmates.


Most inmates lack education, a key component in avoiding re-incarceration. JHCC offers literacy courses as well as Pre-High School Equivalency and High School Equivalency diplomas.

College courses (not provided through state funding) are also available to inmates who can pay for them, or those who have alternative funding or scholarships.

Substance Abuse Treatment

Nearly all state inmates have some form of substance abuse problem, and for many, that problem is closely related to their criminal behavior. To counteract this, JHCC's programming teaches inmates ways to avoid relapse and helps them develop cognitive, social, emotional and coping skills.

Criminal Thinking

JHCC offers Thinking for a Change, Moral Reconation Therapy, and Associates 4 Success programs to address the thinking, judgment errors, and relationships linked with criminal thinking/behavior.

A 24-7 infirmary provides medical care for those requiring intensive monitoring and treatment. A medical unit houses inmates whose conditions need routine monitoring and ongoing medical care. A mental health unit treats inmates with serious mental illnesses that prevent them from living in the general population.

Other units include the youthful offender program for individuals under 18 and adjudicated as adults.

Visitation hours vary by each facility. An inmate's security level dictates how many hours he or she may visit with approved visitors.

Normal visiting days are Saturdays and Sundays, as well as all state holidays. The number of hours an inmate may visit varies according to their level. State holidays that fall on Monday through Friday are free visiting days.

Inmates who visit for any length of time during a scheduled visit period will be considered to have visited the entire visiting period, regardless of when the visitor arrived.

Important Note: All inmate visitors must submit a “Visitor Request Form." You can download a copy here, or request one from the facility. Background checks will be completed on everyone 18 or older. The inmate will notify you when the process is complete. The approval process takes approximately 8 weeks once the Visitor Request Form has been returned to JHCC.

Visiting Hours

Level 1 - One hour per week starting at 9 a.m. Fridays

Level 2 - Two hours per week, Saturdays and Sundays

Level 3 - Four hours per week starting at 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Level 4 - Six hours per week starting at 9 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays


On state-recognized holidays, visiting hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Visitation Rules

Check-in begins typically at 8:30 a.m. To enter, visitors must arrive 1 1/2 hours before visitation is over. Visitors who've left visitation during count time (10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) may not re-enter until count clears.

Additional visitation rules may be found here.

For a list of approved attire for visitation, go here.

Inmates can receive mail at any time. Include their name, DOC number and housing assignment if known in the address.

Example: JHCC
                 Inmate’s name, number and housing assignment (if known)
                 P.O. Box 548
                 Lexington, OK 73051-0548

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