The Programs Unit is responsible for providing educational programming throughout the agency. All offenders are tested to determine literacy levels and the educational program placement needed to ensure access to the most appropriate literacy services. Each year, offenders in the Department of Corrections earn the high school diplomas and many are able to access college courses leading to associates or bachelor’s degrees. The program unit is also responsible for the oversight of treatment intervention programs, to include drug and alcohol treatment and cognitive restructuring programs. Participation data is collected and analyzed to ensure effectiveness of programs. All treatment contracts for intervention services are managed by the programs unit and routine review of facility based programs are conducted to ensure compliance with best practices models.
The Victim Services Unit assists victims of crime by providing information related to the custody and status of offenders who are incarcerated or under the supervision of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. It is the mission of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ Victims Services Unit to serve as the initial point of contact to assist victims and survivors of crime by providing information and resources in response to inquiries related to offenders; ensuring the opportunity for victim notification; providing the opportunity for victim/offender dialogue, offering educational workshops and panels relating to the concerns of victims and their families, and opportunities for restorative justice that focuses on the needs of the victim, the responsibility of the offender and the role of the community in seeking the greatest level of restoration and healing possible.