Representative Newton Addresses Prison Shutdowns


(Oklahoma City, OK) Oklahoma state representative Carl Newton has released a statement on the possibility of Oklahoma correctional facilities closing. The governor’s office is considering closing up to five correctional facilities in the state, according to Newton, older facilities are being

“We currently have three larger correctional facilities in Northwest Oklahoma: Keyes Correctional Center in Fort Supply, James Crabtree Correctional Center in Helena, and Bill Johnson Correctional Center in Alva. Fortunately, Bill Johnson is a newer facility and also offers a unique correctional treatment option that is not offered anywhere else in the state. Thus, I believe the risk on Bill Johnson is low.”

Newton goes on to state that Keyes and Crabtree both offer services to the prison population. Keyes has a high GED completion for inmates while Crabtree houses older inmates with healthcare needs.

“Both of these facilities have sufficient space to expand if needed when consolidation of correctional centers occurs. Northwest Oklahoma has a high quality labor market, and both correctional centers have sufficient staff to meet their current needs and those of the future.”

Representative Newton is urging citizens in Northwest Oklahoma to get in touch with the governor as well as others who control which facilities will remain in operation and which will be shut down.


Gov. Kevin Stitt
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd
OKC, OK  73105
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Director Scott Crow
Oklahoma Department of Corrections
3400 Martin Luther King Blvd.
OKC, OK 73111
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Sec. Chip Keating
2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Room 212
OKC, OK  73105
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