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Courtesy: KJRH

TULSA, Okla. (KJRH)  – Authorities say a halfway house in Tulsa is being shut down after its contract with the Department of Corrections was frozen.

According to KJRH, residents of the Avalon Correctional Center are expected to be moved out of the facility by Jan. 24.

Reginald Hines, the deputy director of the Department of Corrections, said the facility was involved in three investigations.

Authorities are said to be looking into problems with offender count, security and possession of contraband at the facility.

Currently, the shutdown involves only the Tulsa facility.

However, officials say they will limit the resident count at the Oklahoma City center.

In a letter to Avalon’s president, Brian Costello, Hines said, “The violations are so serious that the department will begin depopulating Avalon Tulsa immediately without notice.”

Costello says the department is looking into an incident that happened months ago and the center has not had the opportunity to review the investigation’s findings.