ODOC opens Great Plains Correctional Center
HINTON, OKLA. – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is excited to announce the opening of the Great Plains Correctional Center in Hinton, Okla. ODOC officially took over from The GEO Group last week. A “handing over of the keys” ceremony was held on Friday, May 5 to commemorate the occasion followed by a short tour.
“Today is a great day for ODOC as we modernize with this move to GPCC to provide inmates more opportunity, resources and programming,“ said Director Steven Harpe. “We are looking forward to the relationship with the City of Hinton and surrounding communities.”
“It’s great to see this facility back up and running after two years,” commented Rep. Dick Lowe. “We are very excited for the employment opportunities this provides to this area.”
Inmates began populating the facility this week, and the facility will be fully operational by July 1, 2023.
ODOC allowed the contract with CoreCivic for North Fork Correctional Center in Sayre, Okla., to expire and will vacate the property by June 30. The agency operates 16 state-run institutions (14 male, two female) ranging from minimum to maximum security and five community corrections centers while utilizing the services of two private facilities and one halfway house.
The GEO Group Senior Vice President James Black hands over the key to GPCC to Dir. Steven Harpe.
Chief Administrator of Classification and Programs Clint Castleberry explains the programmatic services that will be offered at GPCC to Rep. Dick Lowe.
The first inmates arrive at GPCC on Monday, May 8.