Oklahoma halfway houses have changed dramatically through the years — morphing from intimate dwellings with a handful of wayward souls to large, institution-like facilities run by private companies, and they have become an important source of savings for the cash-strapped state Corrections Department. The Oklahoman reports. Jerry Massie, department spokesman, said the state contracts with eight halfway houses for its male inmate population; the facilities can house anywhere from 40 inmates to more than 300.
A halfway house operated by Avalon Correctional Services Inc., in Tulsa, can house up to 325 inmates, the state’s largest. There are roughly 1,100 inmates in halfway houses. Total capacity is 1,482. Overall, 25,853 inmates are in Corrections Department custody. Inmates doing time in halfway houses, which typically boast employment percentages in the upper 90s, save the department thousands of dollars each day. A typical inmate under the purview of the department costs about $45 per day. Prisoners in halfway houses cost only about $32 per day.