ENID, Okla. — A local halfway house for women contracted by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections will soon close its doors, the agency announced Wednesday.
Catalyst Behavioral Services representatives informed DOC earlier this month that it will terminate its contract to operate the halfway house, 1820 S. Van Buren.
An ODOC contractor since 2011, Catalyst is home to 86 female inmates nearing release. ODOC will move the women to other state facilities by mid-July when the contract ends.
“Enid was a great location for the women to prepare for their release from incarceration,” said Scott Crow, DOC interim director. “The community, especially the business community, was very welcoming and stepped up to help these women successfully transition. We cannot thank the city of Enid enough for its support.”
In April, ODOC moved female inmates from Turley Residential Center in Tulsa to the Enid halfway house after the agency ended a contract with CoreCivic, which operated the Tulsa site.
Demand has been declining for halfway house beds since May 2018 when a state law expanding eligibility for electronic monitoring/global positioning was passed.
GPS supervision is frequently a better alternative for nonviolent inmates to complete sentences under supervision while gaining work experience, family time, access to services and other necessities, according to a release from the agency.
Other reforms on the horizon are expected to further decrease that demand, including administrative parole and making State Question 780 — which reclassified some drug possession crimes as misdemeanors and dismissing possible prison time — retroactive.