Office of Inspector General
Johnny Blevins, Inspector General
Jennifer White, Administrative Assistant
Oklahoma City Office
3400 Martin Luther King Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111-4298
Phone: (405) 425-2571
Fax: (405) 425-7216
Joshua Phillips, OIG Supervisor
903 N. West Street
McAlester, Oklahoma 74501
Phone: (405) 425-2571
Fax: (405) 425-7216
Kendall Ballew, OIG Supervisor
440 South Houston, Suite 505
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74127
Phone: (918) 295-3207
Fax: (918) 295-3206
Carl Wilks, OIG Supervisor
Janie Hartzell, Administrative Assistant
The Office of Inspector General Investigation Unit is responsible for conducting both procedural and criminal investigations under the authority of the Director. Investigations encompass matters concerning offenders, employees and other identified criminal activity which impacts correctional operations. During calendar year 2014, the Investigation Unit was assigned 263 investigations and 14 preliminary inquires. The unit completed 240 investigations presenting 47 cases to the District Attorney of jurisdiction for the filing of criminal charges.
The Fugitive Unit is comprised of agents dedicated to the apprehension of DOC escapees and offenders who have chosen to abscond parole supervision. Agents are also called upon to assist Probation and Parole Officers with the apprehension of offenders with a violent history as well as to assist the US Marshall’s Violent Crime Task Forces. In January 2014, the DOC lifetime fugitive list identified 91 total DOC fugitives. During CY 2014, the fugitive hotline added 137 escapes (113 walkaways from community corrections, 24 from minimum security, with no escapes from medium or maximum security) and 75 offenders who absconded parole. Assigned agents apprehended 172 DOC escapees and parole absconders while 27 additional fugitives were apprehended by various law enforcement agencies across the nation. The assigned agents assisted Probation and Parole Officers with the apprehension of 62 offenders and assisted the US Marshall Task Force with the apprehension of 79 fugitives.
The Intelligence Unit is responsible for continuous collection, evaluation, collation and analysis of raw information into meaningful intelligence for correctional action. Information gathered allows the correctional professional to identify high risk situation, illegal activities and security threat group members within the correctional setting. This unit also develops on-line training available to all staff, trains at the department’s academy, produces a monthly Intelligence Bulletin and conducts training at facilities/districts as well as outside law enforcement agencies upon request.
The Security Unit’s main objective is to provide security oversight to the department’s administration building. Security is also responsible for arranging the return of all departmental fugitives apprehended outside the state of Oklahoma.
The Communications Unit provides teletype service, to include online validations, by the way of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (OLETS). The unit is responsible for entering all escapees and parole absconders into NCIC. Following entry, the unit develops and maintains apprehension files on all fugitives. This unit also maintains the departmental fugitive website and accepts toll free calls from the public in regard to possible locations of fugitives on the Fugitive Hot Line.
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties in Congress. The purpose of the Act was to “provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State and Local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape. This law applies to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders.
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is committed to a zero-tolerance standard towards all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment between employees, volunteers or contractors and offenders as well as offender upon offender sexual abuse or harassment. The office of Inspector General oversees the agencies efforts to become PREA compliant at each facility and conducts investigations into PREA allegations.
Auditing and Compliance
The Auditing and Compliance Unit ensures departmental policy and procedures are developed and reviewed each 12 months. Provides the general public with a mechanism located on the departmental website for review of all non-secure agency policies.
Directs the American Correctional Association accreditation process of all state-run facilities including community corrections and probation and parole.
Completes yearly departmental fiscal and security audits on each facility/district/unit to ensure both fiscal and correctional operations are consistent with the department’s vision and mission.
Family Reference Samples:
In 2010, the office of Inspector General through the association with the International Association of Cold Case Investigators, joined with Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office, Tulsa Police Department and the Oklahoma City Police Department to help find relatives of missing persons that have not donated DNA.
The purpose of this program is twofold; assist in identifying unidentified human remains located across the nation and to assist love ones of missing persons by attempting to collect DNA from a blood relative. These family DNA samples, referred to as “Family Reference Samples” are then sent to the University of North Texas.
The University of North Texas Center for Human Identification has the responsibility to receive DNA samples from unidentified persons as well as from family members of missing persons, process those samples, and upload the DNA profiles into the National DNA Index System (NDIS). In the NDIS, profiles from missing and unidentified persons across the United States are searched against one another in an attempt to make identifications. It is important to know that DNA profiles from family members are only searched against unidentified persons in the NDIS, and are not searched against the profiles of unknown criminal suspects. If a family member resides outside the State of Oklahoma, arrangements can be made to have his/her DNA collected at a location close to home.
The family member who volunteers to have their DNA collected is required to sign a permission form. The family member will then be interviewed by a local officer, who swabs the inside of their cheek; this process takes about 10 minutes. Officers then note information on the missing person. If a police report has already been taken, information about that report will be important. If no police report has been taken, officers will asked for the missing person’s full name, date of birth, tattoos, dental information, broken bones, scars, social security number and any circumstances surrounding the time the person went missing. A DNA search will then be completed on all current unidentified remains as well as any unidentified remains which may be received in the future.
For more information in regard to Family Reference Samples, please contact the Tulsa Inspector General’s office at (918) 295-3202.