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SAYRE, Okla. – A correctional facility in Oklahoma that has been closed for a year is now set to reopen.

According to a press release, on Thursday, the Oklahoma Board of Corrections accepted a proposal presented by Oklahoma Department of Corrections interim Director Joe M. Allbaugh to lease the North Fork Correctional Facility in Sayre that has been closed since 2015.

The terms of the five-year lease allow the DOC to operate and manage NFCF as a state facility with staff and officers employed by the department.

The agreement between CCA and the DOC was finalized Wednesday.

According to the release, the DOC will have employees at the facility on June 1, and the first inmates will arrive July 1.

The terms of the lease are as followed:

  • The first 18 months beginning in July, 2016 the DOC will occupy the facility at no cost
  • FY 2018, will be $4.5 million
  • FY 2019, will be $10 million
  • FY 2020, will be $11 million
  • FY 2021, will be $12 million

Built in 1998, NFCF has room for approximately 2,600 inmates.

The facility houses medium security inmates and is also capable of housing 360 maximum security inmates.

According to the release, addressing the corrections board members, Allbaugh said the NFCF will help better manage the population, provide a safer working environment for staff, allow inmates to be housed in a facility built to be a prison, save money and cut waste.

“The North Fork facility will allow us to put money to good use on a modern facility built for the purpose of housing inmates, which will provide a safer environment for staff and those in our custody,” Allbaugh said. “This will enable us to better manage all classifications of the inmate population.”

Only seven of the state’s 17 major prisons were designed and built to house inmates.

The other facilities are retrofitted boys homes, hospitals or armories.

Some of the structures were built before statehood.

According to the release, in addition, Allbaugh announced a new reorganization plan to better utilize the beds at NFCF and other state facilities to save money and better manage different classifications of the current population.

The plan as outlined will enable the DOC to pay for the lease agreement without asking the governor or Oklahoma Legislature for additional funds.