Lawton Correctional Facility8607 South East Flower Mound Road
Lawton, OK 73501
Phone: (580) 351-2778
Fax: (580) 351-2641 Capacity: 2,526
Client: Oklahoma Department of Corrections
Accreditations: American Correctional Association (ACA) Correctional Education Association (CEA) National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)
BACKGROUND: On May 14, 1997, the Prison Task Force, appointed by the Lawton, Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce and Industry, selected The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) as the recommended company to construct and manage a private prison in Comanche County. The Task Force, which was made up of city, county and chamber officials, passed a resolution to encourage state and local elected officials to support GEO in gaining a contract with the state of Oklahoma. This contract was successfully negotiated on April 16, 1998.
SCOPE OF WORK: The facility houses medium security adult male inmates for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Services provided by GEO include security, programs, food service, and transportation. The facility also houses a Protective Custody population. Programs offered at the facility include Adult Basic Education (ABE), Pre-GED, GED, Life Skills, Thinking for a Change, Substance Abuse, Cognitive Behavior Program, and vocational courses. The center has a fully staffed medical department, recreation area, and various religious services including an Indian Sweat Lodge.
FACILITY DESCRIPTION: The 486,513 sq. ft. facility consists of double-celled, medium security housing units including a double-celled segregation unit. The entire facility has been designed to be American Correctional Association (ACA) compliant. The facility is designed for cost-effective utilization of security staff and thereby allows enhanced programmatic activities without significant cost implications. The medical unit is designed consistent with the needs of the inmate population. A fully equipped kitchen provides meals for inmates and staff. Three gymnasiums and nine outdoor recreation yards are also provided.
ACCREDITATION: On December 1, 1999, the Lawton Correctional Facility became the first private correctional facility in the world to receive accreditation from the Correctional Education Association (CEA) and was re-accredited in 2003 and 2006. The facility received accreditation from the American Correctional Association (ACA) in 2001 and was re-accredited in 2004, 2007 and 2010. Accreditation by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) was granted in March 2001. The client no longer requires NCCHC accreditation.