Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Profile and Valuable Information
What is the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center?
Located on the grounds of the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita, the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center (NOCC) is a minimum-security prison for men, housing more than 500 inmates. The majority of the inmates are incarcerated for non-violent crimes, most of which are related to drug abuse, and have less than 8 years on their sentences. The inmates live in dormitories on a campus that resembles school more than a prison.
When was the NOCC started?
The Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center history dates back to the year 1994 when, as a result of laws passed by the State Legislature, 3 buildings of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services were transferred to the Oklahoma Department Of Corrections (ODOC) to house inmates’.
How can you contact an inmate at the NOCC?
The Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center address is 442586 E. 250 Road, Vinita, OK 74301.
The Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center phone number is (918) 256-3392, (918) 256-4422 and the fax number is (918) 256-2108.
What are the different developmental programs offered at the NOCC?
Developmental programs help the inmates be better prepared before re-entering the community. The mission of these programs is to ensure that the rate of re-incarcerations in these offenders is considerably lowered. These programs are provided to those who are willing to learn new things. The Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center inmate programs are grouped under the following categories:
- Education – Since lack of education is a major factor responsible for the increase in crime rates, the Center provides inmates with literacy courses, Pre-High school equivalent, and High school equivalent diplomas to avoid any recidivism.
- Substance Abuse Treatment – Inmates suffering from substance abuse problems are provided help developing cognitive, social, emotional and coping skills required to avoid relapse.
- Criminal Thinking – Programs offered to offenders are Thinking for a Change, Moral Reconation Therapy, and Associates 4 Success which address their thinking, judgment errors, and relationships.
- Prisoner Public Works Program – Offenders, though this program, can provide services for the surrounding community and to the Oklahoma Forensic Center.
- Agri-services – Inmates can assist in maintaining the commercial beef herd cow/calf operation which spans across 1700 acres of NOCC land.
- Religious and self-help programs, such as Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous, are also offered to the inmates.
Inmates at the NOCC are also provided routine dental, medical and mental health check-ups.
When can you visit an inmate at the NOCC?
Visitors must submit a Visitor Request Form which takes about 8 weeks to be processed during which time a background check on the Visitor (aged 18 years and above) is performed. The Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center visiting hours vary from facility to facility but the number of hours an inmate is allowed visits in a week depends on their security level which is based on the inmate’s medical and psychological evaluation.
Level I (Segregation inmates) – 1-hour no-contact visit per week, only if the individual is on the offenders’ approved visiting list like immediate relatives, legal representatives, and clergy.
Level II – Up to 4 hours per week.
Level III – Up to 6 hours per week.
Level IV – Up to 8 hours per week.
Any State recognized holidays that fall between Monday to Friday are ‘free’ visiting days since it is not counted against the total hours allowed for the inmate. The hours of the visit will be dependent on the inmate’s security level. However, visits occurring on holidays, which fall on Saturday or Sunday, will be counted in the hours allowed for the inmate.
What are the visitor guidelines at the NOCC?
The Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center mail and visitation rules are applied to all individual visitors whose visitor application has been processed and who have been added to the inmate’s visitors list.
- Screening – Adults, aged 18 years and above, will undergo pat-down searches and the visitor will be asked to step through a metal detector. All of the visitor’s possession will be scanned in an x-ray machine. Canine Drug Detection Screening will be carried out on the visitors and their vehicles. If the canine alerts on a particular visitor, severe action will pursue.
- Items allowed – Visitors are only permitted to carry with them twenty dollars’ in quarters, in clear sandwich-size bags, which should not be found in the inmate’s possession at any time. Infant care items should be brought in clear bottles or bags. Contrabands, brought in any form, is not permitted inside the facility.
- Clothing – Clothing, footwear, and accessories should comply with the rules and must not include any items mentioned in the list of unauthorized apparel for visitors.
- Decorum – Visitors and inmates must not interact, physically or verbally, until they have entered the designated visit area. Physical contact (not permitted for Level I inmate’s) between the inmate and visitors, such as a brief kiss or hug, will only be allowed at the beginning and before the end of a visit. Any inmate or visitor displaying improper conduct in their behavior, having inappropriate physical contact, or possessing contraband will result in termination of the visit.
If there are any special/extended visits, the duration of such visits will be determined by the facility head. Attorneys visiting will have to present an Oklahoma Bar Association Membership card. These visits may be visually observed by the staff.
How do you locate the facility where an incarcerated individual is held?
The Department of Corrections (DOC) publishes the names of their current inmates with the location. To search for a particular inmate, you can use the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center inmate locator. To locate an inmate, you just need to know their full name and DOC number (if aware).
In case you need to search for an incarcerated individual in the whole of the United States and you do not know their DOC number or the facility where they are held, you can use an updated online service called ‘GoLookUP’. By just entering the inmate’s full name, you will be able to locate the facility where they are held.