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City and County Detention Facility Inspection Service

hands behind jail barsThe laws of the State of Oklahoma required the Oklahoma State Department of Health to develop standards for detention facility operation and monitor detention facility compliance with those standards. Based on Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes at Section 192, the Department is required to inspect all city and county detention facilities at least once each year to ensure they follow the standards. The standards adopted based on the law address the following areas:

  • admission & release procedures
  • security measures
  • sanitary conditions
  • diet
  • clothing & living area
  • detention facility staff training
  • safety and segregation of women, the infirm, and minors
  • medical care
  • twenty-four hour supervision
  • emergency exits
  • inmate education of facility rules
  • holding facilities for the incarceration of persons no longer than twelve (12) hours


Visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) website for more information.


  877-215-8336 or 2-1-1

 Gov. Stitt, Attorney General Hunter Release Guidance for Statewide Law Enforcement to Limit COVID-19 Exposure

To read the guidelines, click here  The Jails COVID HOTLINE for Guidance is (405) 271-4002, or 833-504-0326

CDC Resource Links

COVID-19 Resources:

 Detention Program COVID-19 Guidance

The Inspection Process

Based on Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes at Section 193, inspectors employed by the Department are authorized by law to enter all detention facility premises and administrative offices to perform their duties. The results of the Department's inspections are provided in a written report to the Commissioner of Health and to the person immediately responsible for the administration of the facility. The report contains:

  1. a list of deficiencies in the condition or operation of the facility and specific proposals for their solution; and
  2. a statement as to whether or not the facility inspected is in substantial compliance with the detention facility standards.

If the deficiencies listed in the report have not been corrected within sixty (60) days after delivery of the report, the Commissioner of Health is authorized to file a complaint with the Attorney General or the district attorney. The timing of a revisit is dependent on the nature and severity of the deficiencies identified, pending workload, and resources. The Commissioner of Health will extend the time for compliance by reasonable period before filing the complaint based on a good faith effort by the governmental entity involved to correct the deficiencies.

Detention Facility Inspection Laws and Rules


   Follow this link for instructions in making a complaint

Detention Facility Letters

  • JID2011-01 Department of Corrections (DOC) Medical Protocol (04-22-2011)
  • JID2016-01 Detention Facility Standards & Updated Oklahoma Statutes (05-02-2016)
  • JID2016-06 Detention Facility Standards Clarification & Updates on Holding Facilities (09-14-2016)
  • JID2016-07 Department of Corrections (DOC) Medical Protocol (12-22-2016)
  • JID2018-01 Suspend Detention Facility Testing (09-2019)

Forms (Open Forms in Acrobat Reader)

  • Detention Facility Incident Report Form 12-2019 (PDF versionDown load to desktop for best results.
  • Detention Facility Complaint Form  12-2019 (PDF version)  Down load to desktop for best results.
  • Correctional Officer Training Documentation Log. (PDF versionTo be placed into employees training file.  No Approval Required.
  • Training Program Approval Request Form (PDF Version)  Down load to desktop for best results.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Detention Facility Resources

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Barry Edwards, Program Manager

Detention Program
1000 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117

Phone: (405) 271-3912

Fax: (405) 271-5304

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