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City and County Detention Facility Inspection Service

The 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

COVID-19 Resources

Detention Program COVID-19 Guidance

CDC Resources Links

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)

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Detention Facility Resources

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Contact Information

Barry Edwards, Program Manager

Oklahoma State Department of Health
Detention Program
123 Robert S. Kerr. Ave Suite 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-6406

Phone: (405) 271-3912
Fax: (405) 271-5304

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