NewsLocal News

Actions

After three escapes, people concerned about lack of patrols at DOC prisons in Taft

Posted: 11:39 PM, Jul 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-25 04:39:18Z

In 1986, a new law went into effect requiring the Department of Public Safety to staff a permanent trooper to the small town of Taft.

The town is surrounded by two minimum security prisons, Jess Dunn and Eddie Warrior. 

The law describes the need for a dedicated law enforcement position for the town because of the Department of Corrections having their facilities located there.

When the law was enacted, people in the town remember seeing a trooper there living in the community, but after several years they said those patrols went away.

That 1986 law is being revisited after three prisoners have escaped/walked off the grounds at Jess Dunn Correctional Center.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released a statement to 2 Works For You Tuesday saying...

“There have been ongoing conversations among the Department of Corrections, Department of Public Safety and the Legislature regarding coverage of the Taft area.   The conversation started last legislative session and will continue when the session convenes this year.”  
 

Stay in touch with us anytime, anywhere.

Download our free app for Apple and Android  and Kindle devices.

Sign up for  newsletters emailed to your inbox. Select from these options: Breaking News, Severe Weather, School Closings, Daily Headlines and Daily Forecasts.

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook